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Obverse of 1844 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1844 Half Eagle


1844 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8219

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 340,330
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection, illustrated

Recent appearances:
Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1550, sold for $1,725.00

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 385, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From Stack's sale of the Shapero Collection, October 1971, Lot 993

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7235, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 386, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50  From Stack's sale of the Miles Collection, October 1968, Lot 396

NGC AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7595, not illustrated, sold for $576.15

Notes:
David Akers observed that the reverse of this date was also used to strike the Proof Half Eagles of 1845, 1846, 1848, and possibly 1847.  According to Akers, the die shows "die scratches or file marks in the left field at the eagle's leg feathers and the three lower wing feathers closest to the body."

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-64's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service