1846-O $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

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PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
8230
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
58,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 90 R-8.1 29 / 112 TIE 44 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 29 / 112 TIE 54 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 90
60 or Better 6
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.1
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 29 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 44 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 54 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade
1 MS62 PCGS grade
1 MS62 PCGS grade
1 MS62 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:442, $2,200 - Edward Milas Collection - Stack's 5/1995:465, $19,800 - Ronald W. Brown Acadiana Collection - Heritage 8/1999:465, $16,100

5 MS61 PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction ‘89” 7/1989:416 - A.J. Vanderbilt Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2018:10337, $14,400 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2018:1271, $14,400

5 MS61 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade
10 MS60 PCGS grade
#1 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS62 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:442, $2,200 - Edward Milas Collection - Stack's 5/1995:465, $19,800 - Ronald W. Brown Acadiana Collection - Heritage 8/1999:465, $16,100

#5 MS61 PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction ‘89” 7/1989:416 - A.J. Vanderbilt Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2018:10337, $14,400 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2018:1271, $14,400

#5 MS61 PCGS grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade
#5 MS61 PCGS grade
#10 MS60 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1846-O is comparable in overall rarity to the 1845-O and the two varieties of the 1843-O. It is far more rare than the relatively common 1844-O. Most known specimens grade no better than VF or EF, and I have seen only one uncirculated example. The date is underrated and undervalued in all grades, and is really just about as rare as the 1846-C, and certainly more rare, particularly in high grade, than the 1846-D.
Doug Winter: The 1846-O half eagle is a scarce and undervalued issue that is actually as rare—if not rarer—than the more heralded 1846-C and 1846-D issues. It is usually seen in VF and EF grades and even accurately graded EF45s are not seen with a great degree of frequency. The 1846-O is very scarce in AU and becomes rare in AU55 to AU58. In Uncirculated, this is a very rare coin with just four or five known.

STRIKE: The quality of strike seen on the 1846-O half eagle is slightly better than on other New Orleans half eagles of this era. Most examples are somewhat weak on the curls surrounding the face, while the radial lines in the stars are sharp. The reverse is generally a bit sharper than the obverse. The feathers of the eagle show good definition. There is sometimes weakness on the arrow feathers and the upper portion of the eagle’s legs. I have seen a few that had a very weak E in LIBERTY. It is possible that his is the result of a clogged die.

SURFACES: As a rule, New Orleans half eagles from the 1840s are seen with very heavily marked surfaces, and the 1846-O is no exception. Virtually every known circulated piece shows numerous marks in the fields and some have detracting marks on the face of Liberty. It is still slightly easier to find an 1846-O with acceptable surfaces than it is an 1845-O.