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1838-C Classic Head Half Eagle Obverse      1838-C Classic Head Half Eagle Reverse


1838-C FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8177

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 17,179
Proofs: 0

Designer: William Kneass

Diameter: 23.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark:  "C" (for Charlotte) above the date

Images courtesy of The Charlottegold Company

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "North Georgia Collection", January 1999

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 791, illustrated, sold for $16,100.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 128, sold for $18,400.00  From the Bowers & Merena sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, October 1982, Lot 406

AU-50.  Ex - Stanley Kesselman, June 26, 1967 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 351, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 811, sold for $7,820.00 Previously from Superior's Ft. Lauderdale Mid-Winter ANA sale, 2000, lot 847

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, scratched.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8949, plated, sold for $1,610.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection PCGS VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 129, sold for $1,955.00

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