Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 41,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1845 O $5 MS obverse 1845 O $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Although the mintage for the 1845-O half eagle dropped considerably from the previous year’s production at the New Orleans Mint, circulated examples are relatively common. However, high-grade examples of the date are quite rare. The 1845-O half eagle is very rare in choice Mint State. One of the finest example seen of the date is the Harry W. Bass Jr. coin, which sold for only $21,850 in 1999. Bass had purchased the coin in the 1973 sale of the Gilhousen Collection for $2,000. Another MS63 example sold in 2008 that had been discovered on the wreck oif the SS. New York. The coin was hammered for $43,125 in July of that year.

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Last Updated: 8/28/2019

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1845 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 700 750 775 1000 1650 2600 3800 5200 6250 11500 14750 21500 38000 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1845 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---26103591519314841-------144
--------------1-------1
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Total---261035101519324842-------147
 ---1 %4 %7 %24 %7 %10 %13 %22 %3 %5 %3 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/6/1994 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1994 St. Louis Bullet Sale #119, 119/Lot# 463 $2,035.00
9/26/2001 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1486, 1486/Lot# 1633 $2,162.75
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1576 $14,375.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6882 $2,990.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121708 $1,217.70
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5167 $763.75
12/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1192/Lot# 3845 $6,462.50
9/9/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14066 $18,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1845 $5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1206137914101472161721132885343137614140478358326240700892413333333
1264138914311520178223703067354138874354513359686496775292413333330
0000003067354138874354513359686496775292413333300
0000003249365140144569548261046752849792413333300
1845 $5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138130313331393153120092754328136013968459156106007675389293333333
1193131313531439169022572930338837234176493157426256747889293333330
0000002930338837234176493157426256747889293333300
0000003105349438464383527058756504820489293333300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6007
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3601
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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