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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1844-O 50C Doubled Date (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

Doubled Date Detail

PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
6247
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,005,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$35,250 • PCGS MS64 • 5-12-2015 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400 R-6.2 10 / 66 TIE 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 4 / 66 TIE 7 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:612, not sold

4 AU55 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:612, not sold

4 AU55 PCGS grade  
4 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU53 estimated grade  
7 AU53 estimated grade  
7 AU53 estimated grade  
10 AU50 PCGS grade  

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.