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1845 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6248
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
589,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

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

 "Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $7.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33704, $16,450

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2010:548, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:4297, $6,462.50 - Stiel Collection

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
7 MS63 PCGS grade

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

7 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

 "Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $7.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33704, $16,450

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2010:548, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:4297, $6,462.50 - Stiel Collection

#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
#7 MS63 PCGS grade

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

#7 MS63 PCGS grade
#7 MS63 PCGS grade
#7 MS63 PCGS grade
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 PCGS MS64 (formerly NGC MS64+) from the Eric P. Newman Collection.