SOLD- $5.00 – 1851-C PCGS AU50

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SOLD- $5.00 – 1851-C PCGS AU50


Serial Number 8247.50/25392808

PCGS Lookup Number 8247

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Variety 1. The “earring variety”

The 1851-C is a median rarity within the Charlotte half eagle series but it is actually the fifth rarest date in higher grades. It is unlikely that more than three dozen are known in AU and many of these have been cleaned or dipped in recent years.

This dark green-gold example has sharp detail for the issue and lacks the deep, detracting marks which are common to the issue. There is no luster to speak of but more than enough detail to justify the assigned grade.

The last PCGS AU50 example to sell at auction was Heritage 1/12: 6361 which brought $2,760. This was the last auction sale for a PCGS AU50 since the beginning of 2008.

This date sells for just a small premium over a common issue such as an 1849-C, 1852-C or 1853-C yet it is many times scarcer, especially in AU50 and above.