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Obverse of 1845 Silver Dollar     Reverse of 1845 Silver Dollar


1845 SILVER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6931, 6986, 86986

Mintage:

Circulation strikes:  24,500
Proofs:  estimated 15

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 38.1 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 26.73 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
"Proof" (illustrated above).  Ex - Pittman collection

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 863, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1845. NGC graded Proof 64.  Light silvery gray in color with gorgeous blue and gold toning around the periphery. Of course the devices are all boldly struck, including the stars and fine details on Liberty. Similar on the reverse, which has smoky gold around the rims, and hazy gray at the centers. Identifiable by a couple of minor spots, one located in the right obverse field near Liberty's knee, and another on the rim below the 1 in the date. Examination with a loupe will note a minor disturbance in the delicate mirror field on the left side of the obverse, near the first couple of stars, and decidedly few signs of handling elsewhere. Liberty is well frosted by the dies, and shows up with excellent contrast for an early proof issue.  As to the rarity, is it estimated that 15 survive of this extremely rare early proof, of those NGC has graded 8 coins, three of which as PF-64, the other 5 are graded higher. PCGS reports they have graded 6 coins, the best of which is PR-64, and the rest in lower grades, including two mishandled specimens. The date is clearly repunched on this coin, with the 84 showing below the final punching as seen on most of the known survivors in proof...", sold for $23,000.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 8143, illustrated, not sold

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1777, sold for $8,625.00

SEGS Proof-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5288, "Doubled Date", illustrated, sold for $10,637.50

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1227, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

SEGS Proof-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3521, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6180, illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1434, sold for $1,495.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 588, sold for $546.25

EF-40.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3522, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 589, sold for $299.00

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1228, not plated, sold for $287.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-64.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

 

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