1844 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE
PCGS No: 8219
Circulation strikes: 340,330
Proofs: estimated 5
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%
grains (8.24 grams)
Mintmark: None (for
Philadelphia) above the date
courtesy of David
Akers Numismatics, Inc.
Proof (illustrated above).
Ex - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc.
"The John Jay Pittman Collection, illustrated
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
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.
"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