Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 16,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $432.59 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 O $5 MS obverse 1842 O $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Dahlonega half eagles of 1842 are found with both Large Letters and Small Letters. However, the 1842-O half eagle is seen only with Small Date and Small Letters, as it is a very rare issue. Fewer examples of the date have been offered at auction in the last decade than the more highly touted 1842-D Large Date, Large Letters. Most of the 1842-O half eagles found are low grade. Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated coins are very elusive and seldom offered. The finest example known, by far, of the 1842-O is from the Ed Milas Collection of No Motto half eagles. The coin traces its pedigree to the famed Eliasberg Collection. The second-finest example seen by the authors was in the collection of Harry W. Bass Jr. The 1842-O half eagle is usually found softly struck in the central portions of the obverse and reverse.

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Last Updated: 8/28/2019

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1842 O $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 48
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 63

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1842 O $5 MS
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Base---2771144921--1-------48
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Total---2771144921--1-------48
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1206147215311589230836424472508955296197672074657984333333333
1295149215501829275339194678523657526371696876387984333333333
0000004678523657526371696876387984333333300
0000004883538259746546721778117984333333300
1842 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138139314501505219734864290488853165965647371987704333333333
1223141214681736262737544489503155326134671573677704333333333
0000004489503155326134671573677704333333300
0000004689517357496304695675357704333333300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5965
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 5965
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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