The 1838-C Classic Head Half Eagle is one of two issues for the type which was struck at one of the southern branch mints. With just 17,179 pieces struck at the Charlotte Mint, it also carries the lowest mintage of the series.
As a result of the combination of low mintage and heavy circulation, this issue is very difficult to acquire in uncirculated condition. Even circulated examples with good eye appeal are rare, as many survivors have been cleared or damaged.
Just four examples have been certified by the leading services in mint state grades. One of the finest known examples graded PCGS MS63 sold at auction for $86,250 back in 1999. Examples graded AU58 have sold in more recent years around the $25,000 price level.