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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dollars 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1806 50C 6 over Inverted 6 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

CLOSEUP OF DATE

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
6078
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
839,576
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$82,250 • PCGS MS64 • 2-6-2015 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 800 R-5.4 8 / 13 11 / 16
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 6 / 13 TIE 7 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 13 1 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Benjamin H. Collins Collection - Waldo C. Newcomer Collection - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - T. James Clarke Collection - New Netherlands 4/1965:1204 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3042, $19,800 - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:1745, $52,900 - Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:2038, $82,250

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade

Michael Summers, sold privately in 8/1999 - Heritage 1/2008:1376, $18,400 - Premium Numismatics, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98445, $25,850

4 MS61 PCGS grade  

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $35 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33429, $28,200

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Benjamin H. Collins Collection - Waldo C. Newcomer Collection - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - T. James Clarke Collection - New Netherlands 4/1965:1204 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3042, $19,800 - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:1745, $52,900 - Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:2038, $82,250

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS61 PCGS grade

Michael Summers, sold privately in 8/1999 - Heritage 1/2008:1376, $18,400 - Premium Numismatics, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98445, $25,850

4 MS61 PCGS grade  

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $35 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33429, $28,200

6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU55 PCGS grade  
8 AU55 PCGS grade  
10 AU50 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1806 6 over Inverted 6 Half Dollar is one of the more interesting "overdates" in the series.  When creating the die, the engraver punched the 6 of the date upside-down, which was clearly a mistake since his 1809 die was three years early.  He corrected the mistake by re-orienting the 6 correctly, then giving it a good punch to cover up the underlying 6.  However, such efforts are usually futile, as remnants of the underdate are almost impossible to cover up.  It does not appear that any attempt was made to efface the mistake, thus modern collectors have an unusual variey to add to their collection.  

The 6 over Inverted 6 was paired with two different reverse dies, creating the Overton 111 and Overton 112 varieties.  Both are of approximately the same rarity and both are very scarce.  High-grade examples are very rare and we know of only four Mint State examples.  The best is the PCGS MS64 from the Norweb Collection, which resold in 2015 for a record $82,250.