Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 364,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $303.75 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1844 O $5 MS obverse 1844 O $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1844-O half eagle has one of the highest mintages of any New Orleans gold coin, second only to the 1847-O eagle. As would be expected, the date can be purchased on several occasions at auction each year. Most of the coins that are offered at auction grade Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated. However, Mint State examples of the 1844-O issue are quite rare. Relatively few coins were saved from this high-mintage issue. Harry W. Bass Jr. favored the 1844-O, as his estate contained 13 examples when it was sold at auction between 1999 and 2000. The October 1999 sale contained the finest known example, which has been graded as MS-65. The coin sold for $34,500, quite a bargain for the finest known example of such an interesting coin. My note on the lot simply state “awesome.”

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/22/2017

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1844 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 725 775 800 825 900 1125 1775 3000 5000 5500 7800 19000 32500 - - - - - -
$ - - - 1900 3500 - - 9350 29500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 674
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
7/27/1993 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Bullet #106, 106/Lot# 551 $522.50
4/7/1997 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0934, 934/Lot# 1818 $274.30
7/20/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 394, 400/Lot# 565 $1,725.00
12/3/2009 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1183 $1,404.00
10/28/2010 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 527, 534/Lot# 4456 $540.50
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1506 $1,035.00
11/25/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 86314 $447.70
6/3/2014 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4576 $411.25
10/29/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7905 $399.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1303139314211477150515311583160918212319300938173984464366858200333333
1333140214401486151415481592168019872549327838734204532471908200333330
0000001592168019872549327838734204532471908200333300
0000001600175021532779354839284423600476958200333300
1844 O $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1379147215021561158916171671169719182434314939844157483669388494333333
1410148215221570159816351680177120902672342740424383553774578494333330
0000001680177120902672342740424383553774578494333300
0000001688184422622911370640994610623779758494333300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 6685
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2319
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
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