Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 14,813
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $306.71 (5/28/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1600 1700 1950 2450 3250 4700 5400 7000 8450 10500 11750 15000 35000 68500 - - - - - -
$ - - 5750 7500 9250 - - 20000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
12/1/1997 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1002, 1002/Lot# 1867 $3,059.50
11/7/2003 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7497 $5,520.00
5/30/2005 NGC AU 53   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 908 $3,220.00
9/8/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7207 $4,275.00
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6779 $5,287.50
5/25/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195150 $10,190.40
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1284 $6,462.50
9/9/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14080 $9,987.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21242197226824332727312634473712395244314805526455156089842810708333333
21482221232325312860323335353792411245564958534857066869918810708333330
00000035353792411245564958534857066869918810708333300
00000036243872427146805111543158987648994810708333300
1860 C $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22332308238125522857327036013875412346175003547657346324872711065333333
22582332243826542995338036923958428847465161556259317125950611065333330
00000036923958428847465161556259317125950611065333300
000000378440404452487453185648612779261028611065333300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 6869
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 2727
Owner: tommy44
 
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