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

1845 H10C (Proof)

PCGS #:
4421
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.34 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
15
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$92,000 • NGC PR68 • 1-1-2008 • Heritage
 
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 8 R-9.6 6 / 16 TIE 10 / 37 TIE
60 or Better 8 R-9.6 6 / 16 TIE 10 / 37 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 16 TIE 7 / 37 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 estimated grade  

Numismatic Gallery “Adolphe Menjou Collection” 6/1950:113, $24 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1711c, offered as part of a complete, cased 10-piece set that realized $746,250 - Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Two - Heritage 1/2008:3028, $92,000 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 1/2014:5185, $64,625

2 PR65 PCGS grade  
Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 4/2013:3902, $25,850 - Heritage 4/2014:5555, $27,025 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:18, $27,025
 
Eric Newman’s 1845 Proof coins were accompanied by a presentation case with gilt lettering “EDWARD PEASE FROM JOHN PEASE”. The case contained spaces for ten coins: Half Cent, One Cent, Half Dime, Dime, Quarter Dollar, Half Dollar, Silver Dollar, Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, and Eagle.  The set came from the Col. E.H.R. Green collection and was handled by Burdette G. Johnson.  On 10/3/1946, Johnson offered the complete 10-piece set to Jacob Shapiro (”J.F. Bell) for $1,500, but Shapiro declined.  On 1/2/1947, Johnson tried again, offering Shapiro the three gold coins from the set for $1,100.  This time, Shapiro took the deal.  Eric Newman purchased the remaining non-gold proof coins and the case for an undisclosed sum.
2 PR65 estimated grade  

Phil Kaufman Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1065, $23,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98191, $25,850

4 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 estimated grade  

Numismatic Gallery “Adolphe Menjou Collection” 6/1950:113, $24 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1711c, offered as part of a complete, cased 10-piece set that realized $746,250 - Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Two - Heritage 1/2008:3028, $92,000 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 1/2014:5185, $64,625

2 PR65 PCGS grade  
Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 4/2013:3902, $25,850 - Heritage 4/2014:5555, $27,025 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:18, $27,025
 
Eric Newman’s 1845 Proof coins were accompanied by a presentation case with gilt lettering “EDWARD PEASE FROM JOHN PEASE”. The case contained spaces for ten coins: Half Cent, One Cent, Half Dime, Dime, Quarter Dollar, Half Dollar, Silver Dollar, Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, and Eagle.  The set came from the Col. E.H.R. Green collection and was handled by Burdette G. Johnson.  On 10/3/1946, Johnson offered the complete 10-piece set to Jacob Shapiro (”J.F. Bell) for $1,500, but Shapiro declined.  On 1/2/1947, Johnson tried again, offering Shapiro the three gold coins from the set for $1,100.  This time, Shapiro took the deal.  Eric Newman purchased the remaining non-gold proof coins and the case for an undisclosed sum.
2 PR65 estimated grade  

Phil Kaufman Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1065, $23,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98191, $25,850

4 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR64 estimated grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:963, $18,700 - Phil Kaufman Collection  - Bowers & Merena 3/1998:504, $27,500

4 PR64 estimated grade  
8 PR63 estimated grade  
8 PR63 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1845 Half Dime is extremely rare, with fewer than ten examples known.  Eric Newman's example came from a complete, cased 1845 Proof set formerly owned by Col. E.H.R. Green.  John Jay Pittman purchased his in the the 1950 "Adolphe Menjou" sale and used it to rebuild an 1845 Proof set (including the gold).  Louis Eliasberg and Eugene Gardner both owned Gem examples. Others exist, but they rarely appear on the market.   

The best Proof 1845 Half Dime is an NGC PR68 -- that coin realized a record $92,000 in 2008, but sold for almost a third less when it reappeared in 2014.