Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 59,608
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $293.28 (5/31/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS obverse 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1842-D, Small Date, Small Letters half eagle can be found in the grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine without too much difficulty. However, finding a coin that is problem-free or not harshly cleaned can be difficult. The issue becomes increasingly rare in the higher states of preservation. There are probably fewer than a dozen examples that would qualify as Mint State. The finest known example of the date is part of the Duke’s Creek Collection. The coin was originally from the Eliasberg Collection and has been graded MS-63 by NGC. The coin has not sold at auction in recent years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/8/2015

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1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 975 1150 1575 2050 2775 3550 4300 5250 8400 16500 22000 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - 5750 9750 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 161
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
5/30/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 862 $5,520.00
5/17/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 480, 486/Lot# 521 $3,910.00
11/7/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1161/Lot# 4294 $2,300.00
1/29/2012 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3215, 3215/Lot# 2736 $675.00
6/5/2012 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Monthly World Coin Auction Session(1), 231227/Lot# 62418 $50.00
6/29/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 203029 $2,150.50
8/8/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4348 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1450155816831969231928073033338634865026570460896209695195881329818795270231111
14861599177820852481288231503419399952525832612964567830108241513021537270231110
00000031503419399952525832612964567830108241513021537270231100
00000032683452451254785960616967038709120611696224280270231100
1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1130514231633218627043146351846625231592863246376692698971371119333277291111
4351344149318172358285132703899485154636060634165597916111681558522131277291110
00000032703899485154636060634165597916111681558522131277291100
00000033944280504156956192635867428906124391745924930277291100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 9588
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6951
Owner: (none)
 
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