Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 31,847
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $319.79 (8/27/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/25/2016

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1859 C $5 MS
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Base $ 1050 1225 1500 1950 2500 3400 4200 6000 8650 11750 13750 21000 40000 - - 175000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4431 $35,650.00
6/27/2008 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 2549, 2549/Lot# 1096 $8,064.00
7/15/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28074, 28074/Lot# 24351 $11,500.00
10/23/2008 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 2112 $1,725.00
2/2/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 1293 $4,130.80
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105750 $1,210.00
1/5/2014 NGC MS 62   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 January 5 - 6 World & Ancient Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 3030/Lot# 23184 $3,055.00
8/8/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4352 $1,468.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 C $5 MS
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Base16581753190721242433275430093447417245655071551558796951884910226112941461925362000
16901804197922272540283931553689430347345219563662367584930810582124021820025362000
00000031553689430347345219563662367584930810582124021820025362000
00000033013930443449025367575865948216976710938135112178125362000
1859 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5071
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4172
Owner: CharlotteDude
 
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