Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 14,813
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $319.57 (7/27/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1860 C $5 MS obverse 1860 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The poor quality of strike is the hallmark of this issue. As with the 1859-C, the reverse is from a defective die that resulted in a very blurry interpretation of the eagle design. This was probably caused by the use of a rusty die. The obverse, though well struck, is sometimes seen with a planchet void from Liberty’s chin to the second stat. The 1860-C half eagle has one of the lowest mintages from the Charlotte Mint. Most of the coins seen for the date are heavily circulated. The average 1860-C half eagle is no better than Extremely Fine. High-grade examples are known, but seldom offered. Just a few examples of the 1860-C half eagle have been graded at the choice level. NGC has graded two examples at the MS 64 level, one of which sold for $46,000 in August 2012.

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Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1860 C $5 MS
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Base $ 1600 1700 1950 2450 3250 4700 5400 7000 8450 10500 11750 15000 35000 68500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 115
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/6/1996 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Signature Sale #149, 149/Lot# 6012 $1,320.00
5/28/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0949, 949/Lot# 1917 $2,848.50
5/30/2005 NGC AU 53   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 908 $3,220.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 11705 $46,000.00
5/12/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/12/2013, 74/Lot# 113882 $2,119.70
9/8/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7207 $4,275.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195150 $10,190.40
8/5/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3903 $4,112.50
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1284 $6,462.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 C $5 MS
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111569187024343089364241414505487851205363667499861375719296240071110
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1860 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 1707
Owner: tommy44
 
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