Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 6,879
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $432.83 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 C $5 MS obverse 1861 C $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1861-C half eagle has the lowest mintage of any $5 gold piece from the Charlotte Mint. It is also extremely popular as a Civil War issue, and it is of interest because of the speculation that a part of the mintage was produced by the Confederacy. The 1861-C half eagle is scarce in all grades, but there have been more examples offered at auction in the last two decades than would be expected for such a low-mintage issue. The typical coin is well struck in comparison to the 1859 and 1860 issues. The 1861-C half eagle is very rare in Mint State. There are just five or six coins known at that level, the finest being the MS 63 Stanley Elrod example that last sold at auction in 2000 for $59,800. Many experts believe the late-state examples that have a die break on the reverse through AMERICA could have been struck by the Confederacy.

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Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1861 C $5 MS
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Base $ 2000 2400 2750 3750 10500 11500 14000 17500 18000 30000 32500 - 85000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 82
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1861 C $5 MS
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 C $5 MS PL
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Base27102828309933633761491453895927624070427465834787279554127753333333
274929183187349641455072556860316507718377598474900310628127753333333
000000556860316507718377598474900310628127753333300
000000574861366775732480538600927811701127753333300
1861 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25852699296032163601471951805702600767877198805884289234123783333333
262327863045334439744873535458046267692474858181869710282123783333333
000000535458046267692474858181869710282123783333300
000000552859056527706177718305896511330123783333300
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 8058
Owner: Hornets Nest Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 6787
Owner: supreme coins and collectibles
 
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