1852-C $5.00 PCGS AU50 CAC

A textbook example for the grade with good detail, outstanding peripheral orange-gold color and a decent amount of remaining luster. The 1852-C is among the more common Charlotte half eagles which make this a perfect date for type purposes. Some light marks in the left obverse field do not detract.

CAC has approved three in this grade with twelve finer.

1852-C $5.00 NGC AU53

Well detailed and very richly toned with russet-gold hues that turn iridescent as they are tilted towards a light source. This coin doesn't quite have what I would describe as "leather pouch" color but the aforementioned hues are really vibrant and this is a neat-looking example of an otherwise-common date. A mark in the left obverse field can be seen with the naked eye and a small cut below AT in STATES is seen on the reverse.

1852-C $5.00 NGC AU55

The pricing on this date has become very compacted as an AU55 coin is now worth just a 25-35% premium over a decent quality Extremely Fine. This, in my opinion, makes a nice AU55 like this a good value at current levels. This piece shows strong overall detail and nice natural reddish-gold and green colors. There are some scattered marks visible including a few in the left obverse field and a bar-like depression (mint made?) on the left side of the truncation. The 1852-C is one of the most common half eagles from this mint, making it an affordable choice for a type set.

1852-C $2.50 NGC MS62 CAC

Elrod/Dingler Pedigree. The 1852-C is the seventh rarest of twenty quarter eagles struck at this mint. But this is misleading as it is an extremely rare coin in Uncirculated. To the best of my knowledge there are just two or three known in Uncirculated. The finest is the Bass coin (ex Bowers and Merena 10/99: 453) which is graded MS63 by PCGS and which sold for $26,450 well over a decade ago. The present example is the second best and it is clearly the best available. It is semi-prooflike and exceptionally well struck for the issue with far better detail than usual for the issue. Even more remarkable is this coin's rich natural yellow-gold and greenish color and the lack of marks on the surfaces. I have owned this coin twice before and when I sold it to Paul Dingler back in the late 1990's, it was in a PCGS MS62 holder. It was later cracked out in an attempt to upgrade it to an MS63 at NGC and it has valid claims to this level given its quality. This coin was originally owned by Stanley Elrod who owned the best set of Charlotte gold coins ever assembled. If you collect Charlotte quarter eagles or if you just want to own a great coin to salt away for a few years give this wonderful piece some serious consideration as it is an important and impressive example.