SOLD – $5.00 – 1842-C Small Date PCGS AU55+ CAC

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SOLD – $5.00 – 1842-C Small Date PCGS AU55+ CAC


Serial Number 8208.55+/33032052

PCGS Lookup Number 8208

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Variety 1, Die State II with a noticeable cud at 12:00 on the obverse.

The 1842-C Small Date is the rarest half eagle from this mint, both in terms of its overall and high grade rarity. Only 4,595 were made and of the 60-80 known, most are in the VF-EF range. Properly graded AU55 to AU58 examples are very rare and I know of just three Uncirculated 1842-C Small Date half eagles, all of which are valued in the low six figures.

This fresh-to-the-market example is technically an Uncirculated coin as it shows no real wear. However, it does have some scuffs in the fields, seen on both sides. These are shallow and scattered and do not detract from this coin’s obvious originality. It shows lovely natural yellow-gold color and there is considerable luster on the obverse and the reverse. The strike is sharp and the overall level of eye appeal is exceptional for the date and grade.

Auction records for AU55 and AU58 1842-C Small Date half eagles are somewhat depressed due to the fact that most coins in these holders are blatantly overgraded. The last AU55 to sell at auction was an NGC piece which realized $29,963. A PCGS AU58 sold twice in 2014 for $49,938 and, in my opinion, it didn’t compare to the present coin.

Truly choice 1842-C Small Date half eagles are truly rare and this is the single best circulated example that I have offered for sale in over a decade. An extremely important Condition Census piece for the advanced Charlotte specialist.

CAC has approved 11 for this variety of which seven grade EF40 or below. There are two in AU; a 50 and this coin. Two finer pieces have been approved: an MS62 and an MS63.