Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 28,457
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $298.07 (5/26/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 C $5 MS obverse 1856 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1856-C half eagle is a scarce coin in any grade. Most of the surviving examples seen are very low grade or damaged. The date is also found with matte surfaces caused by seawater submersion. The strike for the 1856-C half eagle can be very weak on some examples. The surfaces are also found to be grainy, with die-rust evident on some coins. The 1856-C half eagle is one of the U.S. gold coins that was thought to be unknown in Mint State only two decades ago. The great collections of Harry W. Bass, Jr., John J. Pittman, and Ed Milas lacked an example in Uncirculated condition. A few high-grade specimens have surfaced over recent years. An MS 63 example sold in 2012 for $43,125. The Smithsonian possesses one of the finest known examples of the date we have seen, an MS 62.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/11/2015

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1856 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 134
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Price
11/29/2000 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1382, 1382/Lot# 1699 $501.13
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 5507 $46,000.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2013 $14,950.00
1/18/2010 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 446, 452/Lot# 496 $5,865.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5102 $2,883.05
3/8/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4060 $1,610.00
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 120577 $402.60
4/22/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6215 $8,518.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C $5 MS
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1856 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 4623
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 3675
Owner: JTO
 
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