Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 31,360
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $428.65 (7/6/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 C $5 MS obverse 1857 C $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As can be seen by the number of 1857-C half eagles offered at auction during the last two decades, this issue is one of the more readily available from the Charlotte Mint. Most of the examples seen on the bourse floors are heavily circulated or damaged. There have been a fair number of coins certified at the Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated levels. In Mint State the 1857-C is very rare, and there are probably just about a couple of dozen legitimate Uncirculated examples known. The finest example seen by the authors is the Elrod coin, which has been graded by NGC as MS 65. The Smithsonian example is fully Mint State as well and among the finest seen.

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Last Updated: 1/24/2020

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1857 C $5 MS
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Base $ 1300 1450 1650 2100 3000 3400 3950 4300 5250 7500 11500 18000 30000 54500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 175
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1857 C $5 MS
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Base-11-39221622344061172-1-----175
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Total-11-39221622344061272-1-----176
 -1%1%-2%5%13%9%13%19%23%3%7%4%1%-1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 C $5 MS PL
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Base1749184719852194256929413247345337884002429350155582714481599703333333
1782189320552319269330433316356538594099453452046103748286749703333330
0000003316356538594099453452046103748286749703333300
0000003384367639314196477453936623782191889703333300
1857 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1658175318862087244828073103330336283834411748175367688678759379333333
1690179719532207256829063170341136973928435050005873721683769379333330
0000003170341136973928435050005873721683769379333300
0000003236352037654023458451846380754588789379333300
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 4817
Owner: Hornets Nest Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3834
Owner: FredFred
 
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