1845 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
8223
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
417,099
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 77 / 112 TIE 113 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 89 / 112 TIE 120 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 112 TIE 1 / 218 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better 25
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-9.0
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 77 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 89 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 113 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 120 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1999:2466, $13,800 - Bowers & Merena 3/2004:3019, $10,638 - Heritage 1/2005:30454, $12,075 - Heritage 9/2005:4580, $13,225 - Stack's 7/2008:2491, $16,100 - M.B. Tucker Collection - Stack's/Bowers 11/2011:9478, $10,350

2 MS64 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:1016, $11,500

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
9 MS63+ PCGS grade
10 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS64+ PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1999:2466, $13,800 - Bowers & Merena 3/2004:3019, $10,638 - Heritage 1/2005:30454, $12,075 - Heritage 9/2005:4580, $13,225 - Stack's 7/2008:2491, $16,100 - M.B. Tucker Collection - Stack's/Bowers 11/2011:9478, $10,350

#2 MS64 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:1016, $11,500

#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#9 MS63+ PCGS grade
#10 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

When looking at all of the P-Mint Half Eagles from the 1840s, the 1845 is one of the most common. The Top 5, in order, are 1842, 1841, 1849, 1844, and 1840. The most populous dates are 1847 (which is over twice as common as the 1845) and 1843, followed by the 1845. The point of this exercise is simply to show that if a collectors is looking for an affordable date from the 1840s, then the 1845 is a good choice -- though there are some dates from branch mints that are even more common.

In Mint State, the 1845 is moderately scarce. Unfortunately, most Mint State 1845 Half Eagles are baggy or lackluster, adding big premiums to Choice examples. The best examples top out at MS64.

David Akers (1975/88): The 1845 is very similar in overall rarity to the 1844 and 1846 and slightly more rare than the 1843 or 1847. It is generally available only in VF or EF condition and strictly uncirculated specimens are rare.