Expert Comments

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.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2094000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
55
Pop Lower
164
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
All Grades 40 R-8.7 25 / 66 TIE 42 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64+ PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade PCGS #6249 (MS)     64