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: $327.10 (7/31/2016)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1859 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 155
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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8/2/2016 XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131631/Lot# 22108


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9/15/1999 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1211, 1211/Lot# 1954 $3,165.00
4/5/2001 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 7775 $2,415.00
5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 904 $4,485.00
2/2/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 1293 $4,130.80
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121788 $1,870.00
12/5/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 5034 $1,762.50
10/1/2015 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The Oct 2015 Rarities Auction, 6133/Lot# 69 $7,637.50
4/27/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1234/Lot# 5829 $2,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 C $5 MS
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000000325139304434490252685620627978589655109381601823034322034581000
1859 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 4172
Owner: CharlotteDude
 
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