Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 13,000
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $320.83 (8/26/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 O $5 MS obverse 1857 O $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1857-O half eagle is the last New Orleans issue of the No Motto type, and it is the last half eagle from the mint until 1892. As the very low mintage would suggest, the 1857-O half eagles seen, most are well worn, and some exhibit Prooflike surfaces. This is never a great surprise for a low-mintage issue. The 1857-O half eagle is exceedingly rare in Mint State. Just one or two examples have been offered at auction in the last decade. The finest known by far, being graded as MS 63. The coin sold for $40,250 in 2003.

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Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1857 O $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 83
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
3/4/1994 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 789 $2,310.00
1/22/1996 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0808, 808/Lot# 820 $3,376.00
1/8/2003 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4800 $40,250.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9425 $4,600.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1555 $718.75
10/17/2012 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5502 $1,840.00
11/29/2012 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10761 $705.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6688 $3,172.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 O $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111088173028913639436147565264556357476545884914794217133234748864111
11136313022117314038794492492553635624601373131083017100252573785248864110
000000314038794492492553635624601373131083017100252573785248864100
000000338941204624509454635685627980811281219406288024335848864100
1857 O $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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