Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 19,075
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $316.62 (7/26/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS obverse 1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage that is generally quoted for the Small Letters 1843-O is 19,075 pieces. Breen's comment about this issue from his 1988 Encyclopedia remains true today: 'Very rare in EF, Ex. rare above. A few 'seawater Uncs,' prohibitively rare full Unc.'

Astute collectors have begun to appreciate the absolute as well as the conditional scarcity of New Orleans gold. For some reason, these issues have not received the notoriety or the press of Charlotte and Dahlonega gold, with the exception of several very rare O-mint double eagles.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 600 650 700 775 1750 1750 3100 3900 5750 8000 19500 22000 27500 40500 59000 89000 - - - - -
$ 1975 3350 4200 6250 9750 21500 24000 30000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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11/16/2000 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara Sale #242, 242/Lot# 7117 $977.50
9/10/2006 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1979 $1,552.50
1/3/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6340 $2,990.00
1/10/2012 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Heritage Auctions Monthly World Coin Auction Session(1), 231206/Lot# 61038 $56.00
9/23/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/23/2012, 41/Lot# 74898 $1,379.40
10/17/2012 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5487 $920.00
8/25/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131336/Lot# 24904 $1,498.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10191089116312391264214728153324460552205964638267377683950210694169482426935324522135390555637
1042111311881247155823692984375148105468610365007052828998991277819388279544095352777544820
000000298437514810546861036500705282899899127781938827954409535277700
0000003154417850155716624266187367889510296148632182831639465835334100
1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10821156123313121337225629483474479754316196662669917963982911051174492492236186533635508256842
11061181125913201643248631233915500856866339674773158585102361318319940286764191153936556680
0000003123391550085686633967477315858510236131831994028676419115393600
0000003298435652195941648268697639920710643153162243132431476375450900
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2147
Owner: blake-rock
 
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