1842 $5 Large Letters (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

REVERSE COMPARISON

REVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
8206
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
27,578
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 47 R-8.5 13 / 112 TIE 15 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 18 / 112 TIE 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 47
60 or Better 3
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.5
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 13 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 15 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS61 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU53 PCGS grade
5 AU53 PCGS grade
5 AU53 PCGS grade
5 AU53 estimated grade
5 AU53 estimated grade
5 AU53 estimated grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS61 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU53 PCGS grade
#5 AU53 PCGS grade
#5 AU53 PCGS grade
#5 AU53 estimated grade
#5 AU53 estimated grade
#5 AU53 estimated grade
Gordon Wrubel: As you can see by the great photos above, there are obvious differences between the Large Letter (LL) and Small Letter (SL) reverses of the 1842 $5. The puncheons on the LL are tall and about twice the size of the SL. They are crowded, almost touching at their bases. The tops of the letters are CLOSE to the rim. The SL reverse puncheons are squared, about as wide as they are tall. The letters are widely spaced and AWAY from the rim.
David Akers (1975/88): For years the 1842 Large Letters has been claimed to be more common than the 1842 Small Letters. However, as the auction records clearly show, this is not the case. The Large Letters variety appears at auction only half as often as the Small Letters variety. In fact, the 1842 large Letters has fewer auction appearances than any other Philadelphia Mint Liberty Head Half Eagle except the 1875. It is an extremely rare coin.