1839-C $5 Liberty NGC AU50. Variety 1. First year of issue. The 1839-C half eagle is a scarce issue from a mintage of 17,205 pieces. The design features the mintmark on the obverse, as in 1838, but the head of Liberty is subtly different from the bust used in any other year. Specialists now recognize this design as a one-year type, and the issue is becoming increasingly popular with type collectors. The present coin is a well detailed specimen, with light wear on the devices. CU Published price $7,700.