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


1842-C HALF EAGLE -
SMALL DATE
(see also 1842-C Half Eagle -
Large Date)

PCGS Nos: 8209, 8208

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 
Proofs: 

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 Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2192 "Small Date" @ $60,375.00

Significant examples:
See individual varieties

Recent appearances:
See individual varieties

Notes:
The finest "Large Date" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

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

Varieties:
Small Date 
Large Date

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