Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 12,000
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $309.99 (8/23/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1847 O $5 MS obverse 1847 O $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite an original delivery of only 12,000 coins, this O-mint half eagle saw extensive circulation in the years preceding the outbreak of the Civil War. In his book on New Orleans gold coinage, Douglas Winter asserts that the 1847-O is the rarest half eagle to emerge from the Louisiana branch mint. When an example does appear in the numismatic marketplace, it is apt to grade no higher than the median circulated grade tiers.

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1847 O $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1200 1500 1900 3750 7000 7000 11000 13500 17650 - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61


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5/30/2005 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 873 $7,762.50
1/9/2008 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3174 $9,200.00
1/5/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6888 $977.50
8/11/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5523 $7,475.00
6/5/2013 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5707 $4,406.25
9/25/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6773 $10,575.00
8/5/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3872 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1847 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11821260134214272665448350565540592561606484668568207198775611724151491994526757277912885429947
1208128713701839327146745217566860036268655167306946738490781286516747222152710128145292180
000000521756686003626865516730694673849078128651674722215271012814500
0000005378579660816376661867757072757010401140071834624486274462849900
1847 O $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12521333141915082794467152625759615663976731693870777465803812106156102051027459285122959630709
1279136114481936341948685427589162366508680069847206765693941327417243228262781028873299670
000000542758916236650868006984720676569394132741724322826278102887300
0000005593602363166619686970307335784710750144421887625142281612923400
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