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1840-C FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8196

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 18,992
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 22.5 millimeters (reduced to 21.65 millimeters later in the year)

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 David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
Ex - the John Jay Pittman collection (illustrated above)

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2190 @ $8,280.00 "to the book"

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1363, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 358, "18 in dentils, Broad Mill", illustrated, sold for $2,875.00  Purchased from Stanely Kesselman, February 23, 1968

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 359, "18 in dentils, Broad Mill", illustrated, sold for $4,600.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of March 1969, Lot 209

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 510, "18 in dentils", illustrated, sold for $1,955.00
  

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

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