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Obverse of 1843-C Half Eagle     Reverse of 1843-C Half Eagle


1843-C FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8214

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 44,277
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 Winthrop Carner

Varieties (1)

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7233, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7594, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3577, sold for $8,050.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7232, illustrated, sold for $5,405.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 380, illustrated, sold for $1,322.50  From Lester Merkin's sale of April 1969, Lot 223

ICG VF-35 (illustrated above).  Offered on eBay by Winthrop Carner (#1278013293) with a Buy It Now price of $1,250 and a closing date of September 30, 2001

Notes:
The 1843-C Half Eagle is scarce in all grades and is most often found in Extremely Fine or worse conditions.  Uncirculated examples are very scarce.  The finest example graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64.

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