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Obverse of 1857-C Half Eagle     Reverse of 1857-C Half Eagle


PCGS No: 8272


Circulation strikes: 31,360
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, NC) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
NGC MS-64 (illustrated above).  Stack's May 1986 sale of the Elrod collection - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. February 1999 sale of the William Miller collection, lot 6290 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. January 2000 "FUN" sale, Lot 7759, graded NGC MS-64 and called "Finest Certified".

NGC AU-58.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2207 at $3,680.00

Recent appearances:
AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2341 at $2,530.00  From the sale of the River Oaks and C.W. Krugjohann Collections, Part II, November 1976, Lot 270

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 465, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00  Purchased from the Goliad Corporation, November 3, 1971

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 4 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 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service