1845 50C MS65

PCGS#: 6248

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $3.75

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1845, production of Half Dollars declined precipitously at the Philadelphia Mint to less than a third of the mintage of 1844.  The reason for the decline is unknown, but in 1846, production returned to a "normal" level of around two million coins.  As a result, the 1845 is a slightly scarcer date, and it is much more difficult to locate than price guides might indicate.  In Mint State, the 1845 Half Dollar is really tough, much more so than the 1845 and 1846.  Even so, the 1945 commands only a small premium in most grades, which makes it seem like an excellent value.

The finest example, and the one that has set the auction record thus far, is the NGC MS64+ from the Eric P. Newman Collection.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 589,000 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 375 R-6.2 10 / 66 TIE 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 14 / 66 TIE 25 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1677 - Joel Cherry of Mercury Numismatics, sold privately in 6/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30489, $9,987.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4124, $3,466