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Obverse of 1851-C Half Eagle     Reverse of 1851-C Half Eagle


1851-C FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8247

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 49,176
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 Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 903, sold for $5,520.00, "PCGS AU-58...Normal earlobe...This particular coin is a late state with a die crack from the rim through the upper left serif of the U of UNITED to the eagle's left leg.  The first 1 of the date is connected to the truncation above, while the second 1 just grazes the truncation."  In this description, the Goldbergs called the October 1999 "Bass" PCGS AU-55 "an early die state." - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 818, "NGC graded About Uncirculated 58", sold for $5,290.00

PCGS AU-55.  Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc. sale of the "Harry Bass" collection, October 1999, Lot 1023.  "An early die state" according to the Goldbergs (see above).

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1386, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

Varieties:
Hole on earlobe 
No hole on earlobe

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