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: $306.71 (5/27/2017)
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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1857 C $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/22/1997 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1997 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #169, 169/Lot# 6374 $7,935.00
9/13/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 3528 $4,600.00
1/3/2007 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 5884 $6,394.00
4/26/2007 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2359, 2359/Lot# 1214 $2,744.00
10/30/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 296, 302/Lot# 6536 $2,070.00
2/15/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3778 $3,593.75
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1553 $2,875.00
9/6/2012 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4930 $2,937.50
10/7/2012 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77259 $1,788.61


NGC Registry

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