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SERIES: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1846 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU53
PCGS #:
5409
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
510,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$22,325 • NGC MS66 • 1-8-2014 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 375 R-6.2 17 / 49 TIE 34 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 20 / 49 TIE 42 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 8 / 49 TIE 19 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1846 Quarter Dollar has a middle-of-the-road mintage for a coin of this denomination from this decade.  The mintage is almost half that of the 1843-O and the 1845, and is slightly higher than the 1841-O, the 1847-O and the 1849.  However, original mintages have little to do with modern coin values, which are derived from the number of survivors, not from the number made.  Thus, thanks to a decent mintage and a sufficient population of survivors, the 1846 remains one of the more affordable dates from the 1840's. 

On the high end, PCGS has certtified only 17 Mint State 1846 Quarter Dollars, most of which grade MS63.  The finest examples are a pair of PCGS MS65s.  Because it was a product of the Philadelphia Mint, the 1846 Quarter Dollar usually features a strong strike and uniform detailiing.