Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $343.92 (7/18/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 O $5 MS obverse 1856 O $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the low mintage would indicate, the 1856-O half eagle is a rare issue. It is much more difficult to locate than many of the more popular Charlotte and Dahlonega issues of the 1850s. Most of the coins seen are low grade, and the number of coins offered at auction is skewed by the eight examples that were sold as part of the Harry W. Bass, Jr., Collection of U.S. gold. These were all sold into strong hands, and they rarely appear for sale. Most of the 1856-O half eagles seen are well struck, and some of the few high-grade specimens known have Prooflike surfaces. The finest graded to date is a single NGC MS 62, and the coin last traded at auction in 2001 for $11,500.

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Last Updated: 6/7/2019

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1856 O $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1000 1100 1250 1530 2875 4750 6000 6775 10800 17650 22000 30000 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 46
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing 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: 7/16/2019 1856 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---116106585121--------46
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Total---116106585121--------46
 ---2 %2 %13 %22 %13 %11 %17 %11 %2 %4 %2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/19/1998 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1016, 1016/Lot# 1913 $2,743.00
2/14/2008 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 2532 $5,750.00
10/22/2009 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 1440 $4,743.75
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1552 $2,400.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5501 $2,610.85
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5793 $3,818.75
9/9/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14074 $25,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1589164416971774184725193948398443194646592767207465890533333333
1607166217231798207129953960409644285073619169687945890533333330
0000003960409644285073619169687945890533333300
0000003972420745375500645672178425890533333300
1856 $5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1505155816091683175324013783381741414458570264737198860133333333
1523157516341706196928623794392542474873595967157666860133333330
0000003794392542474873595967157666860133333300
0000003806403343525287621669568133860133333300
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 3783
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
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