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: $358.98 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 O $5 MS obverse 1851 O $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1851-O half eagle is, like the quarter eagle of this date and mint, a scarce and curiously overlooked issue. There are approximately 125-150 pieces known and most of these are in the Very Fine to Extremely Fine grade range. In About Uncirculated, this is a rare coin with just fifteen to twenty coins known. Mint State 1851-O half eagles are, like all New Orleans half eagles from the 1850s, very rare in Mint State. Five or six are known in Uncirculated with none of these grading higher than MS 62.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1851 O $5 MS
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Base $ 475 500 650 1000 2250 4250 4650 5850 8000 11500 15500 22000 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 141
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1851 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2217142616231722-11--------141
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Total--2217142616231722-21--------142
 --1 %1 %12 %10 %18 %11 %16 %12 %15 %-1 %1 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/4/1999 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1999 June Long Beach Sale #204, 204/Lot# 6528 $2,012.50
1/8/2003 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 8593 $3,565.00
1/8/2003 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4778 $2,731.25
2/2/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 1291 $4,187.15
11/13/2011 NGC VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3171, 3171/Lot# 2615 $525.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5494 $3,220.00
6/30/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121710 $3,470.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1206131213451410167122903386370338754442501558796240764687273333333
1241132313671497187726553492376040644633530359996709800687273333330
0000003492376040644633530359996709800687273333300
0000003597381842534824559161207177836787273333300
1851 $5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138123912711333158321793238354537124261481756566007737484283333333
1172125012921416178225323340360138954446509757736463772584283333330
0000003340360138954446509757736463772584283333300
0000003443365640784632537658906918807784283333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4817
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4817
Owner: Northwest Collection
 
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