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: $303.27 (2/27/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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Total Graded: 49
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 63

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/14/1998 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1015, 1015/Lot# 1922 $685.75
9/27/2007 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3403 $1,955.00
10/17/2012 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5486 $2,530.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine F   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121703 $2,451.90
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6638 $7,637.50
2/3/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4655 $2,471.03
12/3/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4586 $1,527.50
9/9/2016 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14062 $8,812.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O $5 MS
1842 O $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6061
Owner: Summer97
Grade: VF 30
Points: 2124
Owner: Hoboken Collection
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