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: $445.08 (5/11/2021)
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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Last Updated: 8/28/2019

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1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---39912511149211-11-----78
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Total---39912511159211-11-----79
 ---4%11%11%15%6%14%19%11%3%1%1%-1%1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1278134514101472156122712885331736224173483669387465824710255107211235833333
1300136714311502179824763029341938064394553771147726891610410112671235833333
0000003029341938064394553771147726891610410112671235833300
0000003173352039894615623772897986958610566118121235833300
1843 O SMALL LETTERS $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base120612711333139314772161275431723467400046436685719879609918103721197033333
1228129213531421170523592893327036454214532468567452861310069109051197033333
0000002893327036454214532468567452861310069109051197033300
0000003033336938224429600470277706926510221114371197033300
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 3467
Owner: George Old Salt
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 2161
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
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