1949 Half Moon Dollar

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RedLion
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1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by RedLion » Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:21 pm

Does anybody have any info on the 1949 Half Moon dollar variety?
Such as how many were minted? Was the die removed when discovered? Making its type scarce.
What's it worth in Unc? My handle is Red Lion, and I'm a newbie to this form but a collector of
coins since 1955. I specialize in U.S. varieties and been collecting Canadian dollars for years.
Coinandcanada have a listing on the web site but only up to EF, Is that all that have been found?
Thank You, Red Lion

Bill in Burl
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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by Bill in Burl » Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:16 am

I had never even heard about such an error. I have 4 '49's and all have NO MOON. I'll get in touch with a $1 person to see what he says. It must be a die chip or gouge that did it.
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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by coinguy » Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:29 am

Some of your questions are impossible to answer as the RCM does not keep track of such information.
There would as many minted as from when the die was gouged as to when the die was retired. I know they are fairly hard to find as I have been looking for one for a while but do not want to pay the price for what is basically a damaged die that has been hyped up. The last one sold on eBay was certified in AU55 condition and went for $160.00 CDN. The half moon reminds me of the 1951 Commemorative Nickel half moon which is very similar.

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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by momomomo » Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:56 am

Half Moon = Charlton # 1949 Rev-002

65,695 coins produced that year with 96 reverse dies (48 obverse dies). :)
8,894 coins produced per die pair.

Hope it helps!

coinguy
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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by coinguy » Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:05 am

That 8,894 is an average of the die pairs, not the actual run of any pair. It is impossible to know exactly when the die was was damaged and how many were produced after that. Did it happen before the first strike? Did it happen part way through the run? Did they discover it after so many were run and retired or polished the die? There is no way of knowing.

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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by GBELEC » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:52 am

As is so often mentioned , Would be great to see a photo of this Coin.

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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by Bill in Burl » Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:19 pm

Well, the dollar guru says that it's probably a die clash that may match the King's ear. Makes sense. Still, it's a minor error and not worth the bigger bucks.
Bill in Burl

RedLion
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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by RedLion » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:13 pm

Thanks to all for commenting on the 1949 half moon dollar. Picked it up in a coin store in south Florida. And I knew what it was because of the picture on this website. My opinion was that something hit the die and when the coin was struck the metal flowed into the damaged area causing a bump in the sail area. I feel that not that many could have been minted. The coin has mirrored fields and it looks almost proof like. Again, thanks to all for their input.

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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by troubadour » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:17 pm

looks like die clash to me like the 1951 nickel half moon error

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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

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Bill in Burl
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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by Bill in Burl » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:41 pm

Yes, looking at the "die clash" possibilities, I agree with the guy I talked to .. a die clash from the King's ear. A clash puts it right where the "half moon" would be and the Obv ear might be the deepest part of the Obv die where it could strike the Rev die without a planchet there.
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RedLion
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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by RedLion » Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:53 am

Yes, I agree it is a die clash mark. What I find amazing is that there no other clash marks
on the rev. But then I realize that the hole in the kings ear would have been a mountain
on the Obv. die when struck. I understand there is another 1949 Dollar that has what the RCM
calls tool marks in the upper masts? Again, thanks to all for your input.

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Re: 1949 Half Moon Dollar

Post by qwas » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:29 am

I just picked up one of the half moon 49's. It has been cleaned but still very nice. For some reason I really like the 1949 silver dollars and am trying to pick up every different example that I can. Graded would be preferred but not always possible.

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