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Obverse of 1846-O Half Eagle     Reverse of 1846-O Half Eagle


1846-O FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8230

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 58,000
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 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
(illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4018, illustrated, sold for $4,600.00  From Bowers and Merena's Bass II Sale, October, 1999, lot 967

NGC AU-55, Choice About Uncirculated and a very handsome, satisfying example.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1736, plated, unsold

Notes:
The finest examples 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