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: $427.21 (6/19/2021)
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
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Base $ 700 750 775 1000 1650 2600 3800 5200 6250 11500 14750 21500 38000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1845 O $5 MS
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Base---27103591719314841-------147
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Total---271035101719324842-------150
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1845 O $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base141914721531156117992345286829413518405543965684628272768992945599361052811146117911270313666
1437149215411640198125192892313336974169482558836613784891469615101331073411361120951302414349
00000028923133369741694825588366137848914696151013310734113611209500
00000029173326387642825255608369458420930197761033110940115761239900
1845 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135113931450147717072233273828073365388542175466604870148686913796061018410787114161230713248
136514121459155418822401276129933538399646335660637075718836929397991038510997117131262113910
0000002761299335383996463356606370757188369293979910385109971171300
0000002784317937124106505058546692812989879450999110586112061201000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6048
Owner: P.R.C.C.
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3365
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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