Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 82,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $309.85 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 O LARGE LETTERS $5 MS obverse 1843 O LARGE LETTERS $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: According to the auction records, the 1843-O, Large Letters issue is somewhat more common than the 1843-O, Small Letters variety. The issue is usually seen in various grades from Very Fine to Extremely Fine. Many examples are damaged or harshly cleaned. The 1843-O, Large Letters half eagle is quit scarce in grades of About Uncirculated or better. A handful of Mint State coins are known, with the finest grading MS-65. One of the best examples of the date the authors have seen was sold by Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions in 1991 to Ed Milas for his set of No Motto half eagles. The issue is sometimes seen with prooflike surfaces. An NGC MS64 example sold in October, 2011 for $29,900.

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1843 O LARGE LETTERS $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 106
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/26/1994 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Bullet Sale #121, 121/Lot# 516 $3,080.00
6/2/1995 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #136, 136/Lot# 464 $3,025.00
8/12/1998 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1076, 1076/Lot# 1892 $1,793.50
1/28/2004 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 6975 $26,450.00
4/23/2007 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 136, 141/Lot# 1599 $862.50
9/6/2009 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3381 $21,850.00
11/29/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4936 $2,350.00
1/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12632 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O LARGE $5 MS LETTERS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11701243127813121379202922332710312436424531578362827818849493611190633333
119412551289133415962097239228483297393849485949679480438783102091190633330
000000239228483297393849485949679480438783102091190633300
000000255129863469423553666116730682699072110581190633300
1843 O LARGE $5 MS LETTERS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11031173120612391303192821242585298534864347556360487543820090461152933333
11261184121712601511199322782718315237734752572565467762848298741152933330
00000022782718315237734752572565467762848298741152933300
000000243128523319406051585886704579818764107011152933300
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 1928
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 1303
Owner: tommy44
 
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