Description and Analysis

Liberty Head $5
1857 O $5 MS

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.