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1849-C NGC MINT STATE $5 gold half eagle, RARE Charlotte Gold! here's a super scarce uncirculated issue from the obsolete historic Charlotte branch mint. another date that is very difficult to find in upper grades without serious problems. only 64,823 minted and very few survived. in our humble opinion this is a nice attractive near mid-grade BU with few marks and no serious problems. this date often comes with surfaces that appear cleaned but are actually created by dies that were lapped with emory cloth but never polished out before striking the next lot of coins, which makes the freshly struck coin appear to have hairlines and look cleaned. when this piece is examined under a strong glass, it is obvious that the hairlines are from the lapping because they do not extend into the devices anywhere you look for them. NGC may have gotten this one wrong, it doesn't appear to be cleaned, but if it was, it was likely professionally dipped and shows no signs of it. this piece is very lustrous and the color is exactly what would be expected for the issue- light golden yellow with a hint of green. it also has very sharp detail for the grade with no serious marks or other problems. the small dimple below the chin in the obverse field is just a shallow depression in the planchet, normal for the era and part of the struck coin as issued from the mint. NGC has graded only 24 in all mint state grades combined and there are only 225 pieces graded in all grades combined in NGC's 30 years in the grading business but many of those are re-submissions fishing for a higher grade and profit to the submitters. stack these numbers and the Carson City popularity up against any 1916-D dime or gem BU 1909-S VDB cent for relative rarity and sheer value. the NGC online price guide lists a problem free MS60 piece at $9,850.00 and a MS63 at $29,250.00 in mint state grades and the Fair Market Value online guide lists it at $9,060.00 to $31,310.00 but we'll let this one go for a good bit less. please see the photos- they are of the exact coin the buyer will receive.
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