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    Outstanding 1856-O Half Eagle, MS61

    1856-O $5 MS61 NGC. The New Orleans Mint produced only 10,000 half eagles in 1856, which ties this issue with the 1892-O for lowest mintage honors among New Orleans half eagles. Only a select few Uncirculated 1856-O fives are extant, and the rarity of this issue in Mint State is such that even Eliasberg and Bass had to settle for circulated representatives. This example is powerfully struck, indeed almost full, and subtle reflectivity can be seen in the fields, which is only slightly diminished by light grazes. Pleasing yellow-gold patina with a hint of rose-red drapes the surfaces and adds to the aura of originality. This spectacular piece is nearly the finest known example of this elusive date. Census: 2 in 61, 1 finer (8/08).(Registry values: P7)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25UY, PCGS# 8269)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2008
    17th-21st Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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