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

1845-O 50C No Drapery (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

DRAPERY COMPARISON

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
6250
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,094,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$16,100 • PCGS MS64 • 1-6-2010 • 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 200 R-7.0 7 / 66 TIE 11 / 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  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 estimated grade  
10 AU58 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In the 1840's, the New Orleans Mint produced the bulk of Half Dollars for the nation.  1845 was no exception.  In that year, the Philadelphia Mint produced 589,000 Half Dollars, compared to just over 2 million at New Orleans.  A scarcer variant of the 1845-O Half Dollar is the "No Drapery" variety, caused when the fold of fabric hanging from Liberty''s left arm (viewer's right) was effaced because of over-zelaous polishing of the die.

The 1845-O No Drapery Half Dollar is at least three times as rare as the normal variant, and even more so in Mint State.  None have been seen better than MS64.