Images courtesy of Heritage
According to Walter Breen, six pairs of dies were available for
striking 1844-O Eagles.
Despite a relatively high mintage of 118,700 coins, the 1844-O Eagle
is a scarce date.
The grade seen most frequently is EF-40.
AU examples are very rare and only a couple of pieces are known in Mint
State. A single Proof example is known of this date.
PCGS has graded only two
Mint State 1844-O Eagles, the finest of which is a single MS-62. NGC
has graded three Mint State 1844-O Eagles, the finest of which is a single
The only Branch Mint
Proof 1844-O Eagle graded by PCGS is a single PR-64 DCAM.
August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins
recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic. Included were 32
1844-O Eagles, ranging in grade from AU-50 to MS-62. 20 of the coins
were listed as "Doubled O".
PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated
above). Ex - Parmelee Sale (New York Stamp & Coin Co., 6/1890),
Lot 1151 -
William G. Woodin - Virgil Brand (journal id 57068) - Abe Kosoff (ca. 1962-64) - John J. Ford - John
Murrell - Bob Lecce - exhibited at the 1995 ANA Mid-Winter Convention
- Lot 6120 of Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "E-Fair Signature
Sale" held in Columbus, Ohio on October 8, 1999 - offered by
Robert B. Lecce, Numismatist, Inc. in the August 9, 2004 issue of COIN
WORLD (page 33) for $2,000,000.00
According to Saul Teichman,
this coin was purchased by Parmelee out of the Seavey collection, where it
was listed as an 1844 Proof but no mention was made of a mintmark!
Waldo Newcomer's was only
PCGS AU-58. Bowers and
Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV
Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 606, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00
Paramount's sale of November 1973, Lot 1952
AU-50. Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass,
Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", 11/2000:607,
"Recut Mintmark", illustrated, sold for $1,150.00 Purchase from Stanley Kesselman, June
NGC AU-50. Goldberg's "The California
Sale", 10/2000:1031, $1,035.00
ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Cleaned. Ex - Heritage Numismatic
Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May
31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9069, not plated, unsold
VF-30. Goldberg's "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale",
05/2001:1473, not illustrated, $460.00
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by
Professional Coin Grading Service
"The NGC Census Report",
August 13, 2004, www.ngcoin.com
"Walter Breen's Complete
Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen, page 550