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: $359.04 (10/16/2019)
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: 9/3/2019

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1856 O $5 MS
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Base $ 1000 1100 1250 1750 2600 4250 5750 7000 10000 13500 19000 32500 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47
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: 10/8/2019 1856 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---117106585121--------47
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Total---117106585121--------47
 ---2 %2 %15 %21 %13 %11 %17 %11 %2 %4 %2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/19/1998 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1016, 1016/Lot# 1913 $2,743.00
1/22/2002 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22015, 22015/Lot# 19369 $3,220.00
3/26/2002 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22041, 22041/Lot# 11422 $4,140.00
1/7/2004 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 7654 $4,312.50
8/7/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1669 $2,760.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1552 $2,400.00
9/5/2019 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1299/Lot# 4923 $1,380.00


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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