Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 6,879
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $324.15 (9/25/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/25/2016

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1861 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
10/13/1997 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0988, 988/Lot# 2053 $5,908.00
1/7/2004 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 3041 $29,900.00
2/5/2006 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1174 $12,075.00
1/7/2009 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 5449 $3,450.00
2/4/2009 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2782 $20,700.00
6/1/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 198462 $3,219.70
8/13/2015 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10252 $23,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 C $5 MS
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1861 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 7198
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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