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: $294.25 (5/31/2016)
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: 12/11/2015

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1861 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 77
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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4/30/2000 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1301, 1301/Lot# 1611 $9,706.00
3/15/2007 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 1965 $6,325.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7685 $13,800.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1569 $3,565.00
10/18/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5907 $8,518.75
1/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5454 $25,850.00
6/1/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 198462 $3,219.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 C $5 MS
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1861 C $5 MS Prooflike
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