1844-O 50C Doubled Date G4 Certification #12245665, PCGS #6247

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1844-O Half Dollar is one of the most dramatic engraving errors of the entire type.  When creating the die, the engraver placed the date way too high in the die, embedding the top of the date deep in the base upon which Miss Liberty sits.  After replacing the date, no effort seems to have been made to efface the original date, which shows u clearly in the field between the date and the base.

Most of the known examples are in circulated condition.  According to the PCGS Population Reports (as of March 2012), PCGS has certified only two Mint State examples -- the finest of which is a single PCGS MS-64.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2005000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
74
Pop Lower
4
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 400 R-6.2 10 / 66 TIE 21 / 126 TIE
All Grades 4 R-9.8 4 / 66 TIE 7 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:612, not sold

4 AU55 PCGS grade