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: $303.15 (2/27/2017)
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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1840 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 600 625 685 775 1150 2300 2750 3150 4600 10750 14000 28500 46000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 156
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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3/16/1996 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6636 $990.00
3/5/2001 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1413, 1413/Lot# 1714 $2,057.25
5/31/2004 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2500 $3,105.00
10/22/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8831 $2,272.40
10/21/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131244/Lot# 24377 $2,291.25
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 170722 $750.20
9/26/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3501, 6055/Lot# 20444 $505.25
1/29/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1217/Lot# 4217 $1,762.50
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5114 $2,350.00


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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