Description and Analysis

Liberty Head $5
1845 O $5 MS

Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Although the mintage for the 1845-O half eagle dropped considerably from the previous year’s production at the New Orleans Mint, circulated examples are relatively common. However, high-grade examples of the date are quite rare. The 1845-O half eagle is very rare in choice Mint State. One of the finest example seen of the date is the Harry W. Bass Jr. coin, which sold for only $21,850 in 1999. Bass had purchased the coin in the 1973 sale of the Gilhousen Collection for $2,000. Another MS63 example sold in 2008 that had been discovered on the wreck oif the SS. New York. The coin was hammered for $43,125 in July of that year.