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: $363.30 (9/17/2019)
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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Last Updated: 9/9/2019

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1844 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 520 550 585 650 715 900 1000 1400 2750 4750 6150 9000 16500 27500 - - - - - -
$ - - - 1700 3000 - 6500 11500 23500 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 702
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1844 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base134547471196091124135131517146------701
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------1--12-111-------7
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Total134547471206091125137131618156------708
 0 %0 %1 %1 %7 %7 %17 %8 %13 %18 %19 %2 %2 %3 %2 %1 %------ 
1844 O $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/1/1999 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1230, 1230/Lot# 1855 $263.75
12/3/2009 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1183 $1,404.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1509 $437.00
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 120578 $436.70
10/27/2013 NGC AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1263 $400.00
6/3/2014 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4576 $411.25
10/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8953 $470.00
9/9/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13664 $4,465.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 $5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1379147215021561158916171671169719182434314939844157483669388494333333
1410148215221570159816351680177120902672342740424383553774578494333330
0000001680177120902672342740424383553774578494333300
0000001688184422622911370640994610623779758494333300
1844 $5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1303139314211477150515311583160918212319300938173984464366858200333333
1333140214401486151415481592168019872549327838734204532471908200333330
0000001592168019872549327838734204532471908200333300
0000001600175021532779354839284423600476958200333300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 7190
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3278
Owner: Teacher Brian
 
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