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1845-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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DRAPERY COMPARISON

DRAPERY COMPARISON

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6249
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
2,094,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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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 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 25 / 66 TIE 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 700
60 or Better 40
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.6
60 or Better R-8.7
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 38 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 25 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 64 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64+ PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade PCGS #6249 (MS)     64
5 MS64 PCGS grade PCGS #409886 (MS)     64
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS64+ PCGS grade
PCGS #6249 (MS)     64 #5 MS64 PCGS grade
PCGS #409886 (MS)     64 #5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In the 1840's, the New Orleans Mint produced the bulk of Half Dollars for the nation. 1845 was no exception. In that year, the Philadelphia Mint produced 589,000 Half Dollars, compared to just over 2 million at New Orleans. This fact is reflected in the PCGS Population Report, which shows 53 1845 Half Dollars and 151 1845-O Half Dollars (as of March 2012). A scarcer variant of the 1845-O Half Dollar is the "No Drapery" variety, caused when the fold of fabric hanging from Liberty''s left arm (viewer's right) was effaced because of over-zelaous polishing of the die.

The 1845-O Half Dollar is scarce in Mint State, with a fairly even distribution between the grades from MS-62 to MS-64. The finest examples certified by PCGS include 3 PCGS MS-65s.