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: $431.51 (11/30/2020)
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: 9/3/2019

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1856 O $5 MS
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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: 11/24/2020 1856 O $5 MS
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Base---117106584121--------46
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Total---117106584121--------46
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O $5 MS PL
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Base1589164416971774184725193948398443194646592767207465890533333333
1607166217231798207129953960409644285073619169687945890533333333
0000003960409644285073619169687945890533333300
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1856 O $5 MS
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Base1505155816091683175324013783381741414458570264737198860133333333
1523157516341706196928623794392542474873595967157666860133333333
0000003794392542474873595967157666860133333300
0000003806403343525287621669568133860133333300
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 3783
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 2401
Owner: RFL,Jr.
 
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