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

1845 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6248
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
589,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$16,450 • NGC MS64+ • 11-15-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 375 R-6.2 10 / 66 TIE 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 14 / 66 TIE 25 / 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
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1677 - Joel Cherry of Mercury Numismatics, sold privately in 6/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30489, $9,987.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4124, $3,466

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

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1677 - Joel Cherry of Mercury Numismatics, sold privately in 6/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30489, $9,987.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4124, $3,466

5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 estimated grade  
5 MS63 estimated grade  
5 MS63 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: In 1845, production of Half Dollars declined precipitously at the Philadelphia Mint to less than a third of the mintage of 1844.  The reason for the decline is unknown, but in 1846, production returned to a "normal" level of around two million coins.  As a result, the 1845 is a slightly scarcer date, and it is much more difficult to locate than price guides might indicate.  In Mint State, the 1845 Half Dollar is really tough, much more so than the 1845 and 1846.  Even so, the 1945 commands only a small premium in most grades, which makes it seem like an excellent value.

The finest example, and the one that has set the auction record thus far, is the PCGS MS64 (formerly NGC MS64+) from the Eric P. Newman Collection.