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: $428.65 (7/7/2020)
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: 8/27/2019

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1840 O $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 159
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/7/2020 1840 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---18826181931292961-1-----159
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Total---18826191931292961-1-----160
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 O $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1305134513791454156119412233277030213223383855296153809196293333333
1318135614041490168820382412285430883428440257376799860496293333330
0000002412285430883428440257376799860496293333300
0000002591293731563633496559457445911696293333300
1840 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1233127113031375147718432124264328853080367553165922780893073333333
1246128213271409159919372297272429503278422255186551830893073333330
0000002297272429503278422255186551830893073333300
0000002470280430153477476957207179880793073333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3675
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3080
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
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