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1840-O FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8200

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 40,120
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 22.5 millimeters (reduced to 21.65 millimeters later in the year)

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, LA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
Ex - the John Jay Pittman collection (illustrated above)

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2191, sold for $41,400.00 "to the book"

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 362, "Large Mintmark, Narrow Mill", illustrated, not sold  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 2075

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 363, "Narrow Mill, Small Mintmark", illustrated, sold for $1,610.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, June 26, 1970

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 130, sold for $977.50

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 894, plated, sold for $1,207.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 364, "Narrow Mill, Small Mintmark", not illustrated, not sold  

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Scratched.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8952, "Narrow mill", plated, sold for $402.50

Strong Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1106, "Narrow Mill", not plated, sold for $316.25

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service