1844-O $5.00 PCGS MS61

Bass Collection Pedigree Let's say that you are a type collector and you want a nice No Motto half eagle from the New Orleans mint in Uncirculated. You really don't have alot of choices as only one date--the 1844-O--is relatively obtainable in Uncirculated. And if your budget is around $5,000 for a nice coin, than this piece is exactly what you are looking for. This piece is housed in an older holder and it has remained untouched since it was sold at the Bass IV sale in 2000. It is solid for the grade with nice light yellow-gold color and great luster. The strike is a bit weak at the centers and there are a few marks at the eleventh and twelfth stars but you aren't going to find a nicer 1844-O in an MS61 holder. Legitimately Uncirculated examples of this date are not that easy to find and this coin with its good eye apeal and great pedigree would make a great addition to any advanced set of New Orleans half eagles.

Ex Bass IV: 392 (Bowers and Merena 11/10) where it sold for $3,910