Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 19,075
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $305.54 (5/22/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS obverse 1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: In addition to the size of the reverse letters, the mintmark on this variety is also small. The Small Letters variety is considered the rarer of the two 1843-O varieties. Most of the 1843-O half eagles seen with small letters are well worn. High-grade examples are quite rare. As recently as 15 years ago the issue was thought to be unknown in Mint State. In March 2000, a small group of four Mint State examples surfaced; the coins graded MS-61 to MS-62 at the time. One or two of the coins were also prooflike. All four coins also exhibited a small, raised die-lump to the left of the 4 in the date. These coins represented one of the most interesting discoveries in the series in years.

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1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/10/2006 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1979 $1,552.50
7/9/2009 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 1483 $1,380.00
9/23/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/23/2012, 41/Lot# 74898 $1,379.40
10/31/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5383 $2,585.00
11/6/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5148 $1,116.25
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7059 $5,939.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base120612711333139314772161275431723467400046436685719879609918103721197033333
1228129213531421170523592893327036454214532468567452861310069109051197033330
0000002893327036454214532468567452861310069109051197033300
0000003033336938224429600470277706926510221114371197033300
1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1278134514101472156122712885331736224173483669387465824710255107211235833333
1300136714311502179824763029341938064394553771147726891610410112671235833330
0000003029341938064394553771147726891610410112671235833300
0000003173352039894615623772897986958610566118121235833300
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2161
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
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