Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 19,075
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $322.33 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 71
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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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
4/9/2007 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2007 Dallas, TX Signature Coin Auction #450, 450/Lot# 1705 $1,380.00
9/23/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/23/2012, 41/Lot# 74898 $1,379.40
1/9/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7133 $3,055.00
10/31/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5383 $2,585.00
8/12/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 8248 $764.93


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10191089116312391264214728153324460552205964638267377683950210694169482426935324522135390555637
1042111311881247155823692984375148105468610365007052828998991277819388279544095352777544820
000000298437514810546861036500705282899899127781938827954409535277700
0000003154417850155716624266187367889510296148632182831639465835334100
1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10821156123313121337225629483474479754316196662669917963982911051174492492236186533635508256842
11061181125913201643248631233915500856866339674773158585102361318319940286764191153936556680
0000003123391550085686633967477315858510236131831994028676419115393600
0000003298435652195941648268697639920710643153162243132431476375450900
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2147
Owner: blake-rock
 
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