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Obverse of 1842-C Half Eagle     Reverse of 1842-C Half Eagle


1842-C FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8208

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 27,432
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "C" (for Charlotte) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
AU-58 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2192 "Small Date", sold for $60,375.00

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4014, illustrated, sold for $51,750.00  The only finer example is the MS-62 piece in the Paul Dingler Collection (Ex: Elrod)

PCGS AU-50 (illustrated below).  Offered at the October 2001 Long Beach Show by Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 895, sold for $15,525.00, plated, where it was described (in part) as follows: "...Breen estimated the mintage of the small date to be 4,595 and the large date of this year at 23,589, a ratio of less than one to four.  With decades of data pouring into the grading services, and several advanced studies keeping records of the known specimens, it appears that a ratio of one to three may be more accurate..."

PCGS EF-40 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 896, plated, sold for $14,950.00

Notes:
The finest "Small Date" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2002" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1842-C Half Eagle - Small Date     Reverse of 1842-C Half Eagle - Small Date

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Obverse of 1842c Half Eagle - Small Date     Reverse of 1842c Half Eagle - Small Date

Images courtesy of Ron Guth