Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 16,400
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $324.65 (7/28/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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1842 O $5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/14/1998 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1015, 1015/Lot# 1922 $685.75
1/8/2003 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4741 $7,187.50
8/11/2011 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5516 $2,300.00
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
4/24/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5761 $3,055.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine F   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121703 $2,451.90
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


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11114502124387247995503584960616357654165457077815313432185062595737039111
1148416742706418150335618591961596418654267227435991215123209892965137039110
00000050335618591961596418654267227435991215123209892965137039100
000000526857335990625864796543689977941167216814234733334537039100
1842 O $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11115312233404149965722607862966600678967947340844513854190412664337932111
11511176528354359523858406150639766636790697677081024815583215753040637932110
000000523858406150639766636790697677081024815583215753040637932100
000000548059596223649867266792715880761205117312241093416937932100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6061
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 2124
Owner: blake-rock
 
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