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Obverse of 1844-O Half Dime     Reverse of 1844-O Half Dime


PCGS No: 4334


Circulation strikes: 220,000

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 15.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 20.6 grains (1.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, Louisiana) below DIME on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-61 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira S. Reed on December 5, 1945 for $10.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 379, illustrated, sold for $6,325.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6841, "Valentine-2, Small O", illustrated, sold for $2,587.50

PCGS VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7970, not illustrated, sold for $488.50

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service