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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1844-O H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS VF35
PCGS #:
4334
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.34 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
220,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$22,000 • MS65 • 5-20-1996 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 300 R-6.4 12 / 36 TIE 22 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 4 / 36 5 / 79
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 36 TIE 1 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  

Matthew Stickney Collection - H. Chapman 6/1907:??? - John H. Clapp Collection, sold inact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:962 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98188, $21,150

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  

Matthew Stickney Collection - H. Chapman 6/1907:??? - John H. Clapp Collection, sold inact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:962 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98188, $21,150

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1844-O Half Dime has the third lowest mintage of any date/mintmark combination of Half Dimes in the 1840's.  It is difficult to locate an 1844-O Half Dime in any grade, but especially so in Mint State.  The few examples that are known in Uncirculated condition are most often found in MS62.  The finest example is a single PCGS MS65, which is unusual because virtually every other date has examples in MS66 to MS68. 

Many examples show weakness on the high points, often on the leaves of the wreath on the reverse.  A weak strike is typical of most coins that came out of tne New Orleans mint, but the Half Dimes, because they are struck with a small die, are usually struck better than larger denominations.