Large Date variety. This is the more available of the two varieties of half eagle made at the Charlotte mint in 1842. The 1842-C Large Date is reasonably available in all grades but it is fairly hard to find an attractive piece with nice surfaces and eye appeal in "collector grades." This example has a good deal of luster and nice light to medium yellow-gold color. There are just enough small abrasions on the surfaces to limit the grade to AU53 but the "body" is suggestive of at least two points higher and I have seen a number of inferior Charlotte half eagles from this era in AU55 and even AU58 holders. This coin represents good value for less than $4,000 and it would make a nice introductory coin for the collector looking to get into the area of branch mint half eagles.