Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 40,120
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $301.70 (6/29/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 O $5 MS obverse 1840 O $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As can be seen from the population data, the known 1840-O half eagles are most heavily weighted toward the grades of Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated. There are quite a few very low-grade examples known, but they usually go ungraded and never enter the auction arena. The 1840-O half eagle is known with broad and narrow mills. The broad-mill variety is the much rarer of the two. All of the known high-grade coins are the narrow-mill variety. The 1840-O half eagle is very rare in Mint State. There are probably fewer than 20 coins that are unquestionably Uncirculated. The Smithsonian features one of the best-known examples. The finest example by far is the coin from the collection of John J. Pittman, which was sold as choice Uncirculated in 1998 for $41,250. The coin has been graded by NGC as MS-65. Pittman purchased the coin in a large lot from the sale of the Farouk Collection in 1954.




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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1840 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 153
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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5/15/2006 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1401 $1,495.00
2/10/2008 NGC AU 55   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2377 $2,127.50
5/30/2010 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2862, 2862/Lot# 2838 $517.50
10/21/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131244/Lot# 24377 $2,291.25
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4932 $1,997.50
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 170722 $750.20
9/4/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4431 $1,997.50
9/26/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3501, 6055/Lot# 20444 $505.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1233127113031375147718432124264328853080367553165922780893073333333
1246128213271409159919372297272429503278422255186551830893073333330
0000002297272429503278422255186551830893073333300
0000002470280430153477476957207179880793073333300
1840 O $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1305134513791454156119412233277030213223383855296153809196293333333
1318135614041490168820382412285430883428440257376799860496293333330
0000002412285430883428440257376799860496293333300
0000002591293731563633496559457445911696293333300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3080
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
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