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: $432.64 (12/1/2020)
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: 6/8/2020

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1844 O $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 713
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
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: 11/24/2020 1844 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base134548471196293130137121517136------712
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Total134548471196293131140121618146------719
 0%0%1%1%7%7%17%9%13%18%19%2%2%3%2%1%------ 
1844 O $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 O $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1379147215021561158916171671169719182434314939844157483669388494333333
1410148215221570159816351680177120902672342740424383553774578494333333
0000001680177120902672342740424383553774578494333300
0000001688184422622911370640994610623779758494333300
1844 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1303139314211477150515311583160918212319300938173984464366858200333333
1333140214401486151415481592168019872549327838734204532471908200333333
0000001592168019872549327838734204532471908200333300
0000001600175021532779354839284423600476958200333300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 6685
Owner: P.R.C.C.
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3278
Owner: Teacher Brian
 
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