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Obverse of 1843-O Half Eagle     Reverse of 1843-O Half Eagle


1843-O FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8216, 8217

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 101,075
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

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 Superior Galleries  

Significant examples:
NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1369, "Large letters", illustrated, sold for $9,775.00

NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2193 "Small Letters" @ $5,750.00

Recent appearances:
MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 383, "Large Date, Large Letters", illustrated, sold for $3,335.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of April 1969, Lot 226

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4016, "Large Letters", illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8958, "Small Letters", not plated, sold for $1,495.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 384, "Large Date, Large Letters", illustrated, sold for $2,300.00  From Superior's sale of March 1973, Lot 390

ANACS Net EF-45, AU Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8957, "Large letters", not plated, unsold

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7234, "Small Letters", not illustrated, not sold

Notes:
The finest "Large Letters" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-61's.

The finest "Small Letters" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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