Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,094,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.82 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1845 O 50C MS obverse 1845 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Half dollars dated 1845-O are plentiful in all circulated grades and only slightly scarce in Mint State. Most are found well struck, but this issue is particularly common with the elbow drapery and Liberty's foot diminished or entirely eradicated by severe die polishing.

The Philadelphia Mint's Engraving Department shipped 14 obverse dies and 12 reverses to New Orleans for 1845 half dollars. Bill Bugert has identified 13 and 11, respectively, these used to create 20 die marriages. Variations in the collars used were reduced this year, with just two known having reed counts of 147 and 148, respectively.

The 1845-O half dollar is a variety collector's delight, the many blundered dies being attributed to Chief Engraver Longacre, who was still perfecting the skill of die sinking. NGC attributes five of these under its VarietyPlus Service. The most desirable ones are all included in The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Varieties of United States Coins, Volume II. The most visually appealing of these are FS-301 (WB-104) and FS-302 (WB-106). Also highly sought be specialists is the O over horizontal O mintmark variety, FS-501 (WB-103).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1845 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 48.00 75.00 95.00 170 280 400 520 580 735 905 1060 1550 3375 5750 10000 21200 - - - -
$ - - 525 600 740 - - - - 7100 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1845 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11010531915101612252665113-----177
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Total11010531915101612252666113-----178
 1 %6 %6 %3 %17 %5 %8 %6 %9 %7 %14 %1 %3 %3 %3 %6 %2 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
7/15/1996 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0858, 858/Lot# 1463 $70.85
9/21/2009 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7665 $287.50
10/22/2009 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 7778 $446.20
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 722 $552.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4125 $8,812.50
8/4/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/04/2013, 86/Lot# 131202 $440.00
6/23/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30490 $3,290.00
9/25/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131640/Lot# 21900 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1845 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1151209255463774820966106611241303153116581949305740645104729411595185903003535926
5117022432456778986999910851184137915731755231833934411583487281392722405319990
0000008699991085118413791573175523183393441158348728139272240500
000000917103311051243145516161852268837284757656410161162582622000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1124
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 820
Owner: crowhill collection
 
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