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SERIES: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1846 1C Small Date, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
1865
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
4,120,800
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$8,813 • PCGS MS65 • 1-10-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
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Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 21 / 33 TIE 49 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 23 / 33 TIE 62 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 13 / 33 TIE 28 / 81 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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Ron Guth: 1846 Large Cents are found with one of three different date sizes: Small; Medium, or Tall.  The Small Date is plentiful because it appeared on numerous obverses and die varieties.  Based on Population Report data, the Small Date is considerably more common than the Medium Date (only one variety) and the Tall Date (second most common major 1846 variety), with scores available in MS63 and MS64.  Red-Brown Small Dates are four times as rare as the Brown examples, and PCGS has yet to grade a Red example.  Gem examples appear on the market fairly frequently, and the Small Date is one of the few in the series that is represented by a PCGS MS67BN example (that particular coin sold for $9,987.50 in a 2015 Heritage sale -- seemingly inexpensive for the finest certified 1846 Large Cent).