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: $411.77 (3/7/2021)
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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Last Updated: 6/8/2020

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1851 O $5 MS
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Base $ 520 535 675 1000 2250 4250 4650 5850 8000 11500 15500 22000 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 145
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: 3/2/2021 1851 O $5 MS
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Base--2217152615241724-12--------145
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Total--2217152615241724-22--------146
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $5 MS PL
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Base1206131213451410167122903386370338754442501558796240764687273333333
1241132313671497187726553492376040644633530359996709800687273333333
0000003492376040644633530359996709800687273333300
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1851 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138123912711333158321793238354537124261481756566007737484283333333
1172125012921416178225323340360138954446509757736463772584283333333
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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