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Obverse of 1845 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1845 Half Eagle


1845 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8223, 8435, 88435

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 417,099
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:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 396, illustrated, sold for $9,775.00  Purchased from Joe Flynn, March 17, 1978

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 397, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, June 30, 1967

ANACS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8961, not plated, unsold

Strong EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1108, not plated, sold for $161.00

Notes:
David Akers observed that the reverse of this date was also used to strike the Proof Half Eagles of 1844, 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 6 MS-64's.

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

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-62.

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