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Obverse of 1844-O Half Eagle     Reverse of 1844-O Half Eagle


1844-O FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8222

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 364,600
Proofs: 1

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, LA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC MS-64 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2194 @ $14,950.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 391, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, March 14, 1975

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 392, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  From Abner Kreiberg's sale of November 1972, Lot 1164


AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 393, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of November 1968, Lot 473

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 394, not illustrated, sold for $977.50  From Lester Merkin's sale of January 1968, Lot 473

ANACS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8960, plated, unsold

Net AU-50, sharpness of AU-55, Granular surfaces.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 219, not illustrated, sold for $368.00

VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1371, not illustrated, sold for $253.00

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

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