Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 31,847
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $312.41 (9/21/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 C $5 MS obverse 1859 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1859-C half eagle is an interesting issue in terms of appearance. All of the known examples of the date have a reverse that is very poorly impressed. It is thought that the reverse die was defective in some way. The 1859-C half eagle can be difficult to grade in many cases, as the obverse is usually sharp. Most of the 1859-C half eagles offered are in the Very Fine to Extremely Fine grade range. Examples of the date in About Uncirculated are scarce but are seen at auction on a regular basis. The 1859-C half eagle is very rare in Mint State, with most falling in the lower echelons of Uncirculated. The finest known example of the date is the incomparable NGC MS 66 coin that was at one time in the collections of John Clapp, Louis Eliasberg, Stanley Elrod and Ed Milas. The coin is the finest half eagle known from the Charlotte Mint. The coin last sold at auction in May 1995 for $104,500.

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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1859 C $5 MS
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Base $ 1300 1450 1550 1825 1400 3300 4000 5800 8150 12000 12500 18400 38500 - - 175000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 156
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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4/30/2000 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1301, 1301/Lot# 1610 $5,275.00
2/2/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 1293 $4,130.80
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1559 $2,530.00
3/21/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4237 $2,467.50
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121788 $1,870.00
8/8/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4352 $1,468.75
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4676 $3,642.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base165817531907212424332754300931943525414148535466579269518849958812178146193333
1690180419792227254028393071330437304378505755756178758490951045112992146193330
0000003071330437304378505755756178758490951045112992146193300
0000003132341539364616526256836565821693421131513805146193300
1859 C $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base174918472008212425522885314933403683431950525684601972109160991812571150693333
1782190120472267266329733213345438954563526357966416786094131080213404150693330
0000003213345438954563526357966416786094131080213404150693300
0000003276356941074808547359076813851096651168714236150693300
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 5466
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3525
Owner: CharlotteDude
 
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