Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 31,360
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $313.72 (5/3/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 C $5 MS obverse 1857 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As can be seen by the number of 1857-C half eagles offered at auction during the last two decades, this issue is one of the more readily available from the Charlotte Mint. Most of the examples seen on the bourse floors are heavily circulated or damaged. There have been a fair number of coins certified at the Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated levels. In Mint State the 1857-C is very rare, and there are probably just about a couple of dozen legitimate Uncirculated examples known. The finest example seen by the authors is the Elrod coin, which has been graded by NGC as MS 65. The Smithsonian example is fully Mint State as well and among the finest seen.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/11/2015

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1857 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
10/25/2000 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1370, 1370/Lot# 1539 $7,174.00
9/10/2006 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2020 $4,888.00
10/30/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 296, 302/Lot# 6536 $2,070.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9424 $3,737.50
10/13/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4921 $1,380.00
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105703 $1,513.11
12/5/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 5032 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 C $5 MS
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000000310535123765402242324720559369288729122731720824084342963812000
1857 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3834
Owner: FredFred
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 2754
Owner: ADH
 
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