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Obverse of 1845-D Half Eagle     Reverse of 1845-D Half Eagle


1845-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8224

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 90,629
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "D" (for Dahlonega, Georgia) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Varieties:
1 of date below tip of bust (illustrated above) - Scarce
Date centered below bust - Rare

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62.  Heritage 01/2004: 9018, $12,650.00

NGC MS-60.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2195, sold for $7,360.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 897, sold for $4,830.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1372, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 398, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00  Purchased from Paramount, February 15, 1968

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 512, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 399, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of March 1969, Lot 232

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 220, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

Net AU-50, sharpness of AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 135 sold for $1,265.00

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

The entire mintage of this date resulted from two obverse and two reverse dies received by the Dahlonega Mint in December 1844.  

According to an informal survey of auction catalogs conducted by Paul Harris and Carl Lester, the variety with the date centered under the bust appears to be ten times rarer than the variety with the 1 of the date below the tip of Liberty's bust.

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

"Rarely seen variety" by Paul Harris (Collectors' Clearinghouse column), COIN WORLD, January 14, 2002