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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1846 50C 6/Horizontal 6 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

DATE DETAIL

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
6254
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,210,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$14,950 • NGC MS65 • 5-28-2001 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 350 R-6.3 9 / 66 19 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 10 / 66 TIE 15 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade

John C. Mills Collection -
S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904 -
J.M. Clapp -
Clapp Estate -
Louis Eliasberg Collection -
Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1934 -
Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7021, $8,913

2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade  
2 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade

John C. Mills Collection -
S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904 -
J.M. Clapp -
Clapp Estate -
Louis Eliasberg Collection -
Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1934 -
Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7021, $8,913

2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade  
2 MS63 estimated grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade  

Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7163, $7,762.50

6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade  
6 MS62 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: This is a great "eyeball" variety that is very easy to identify.  As the engraver was working on the die, he first punched in the three digit "184" logotype.  When he punched in the 6 as the fourth and final digit, it was turned 90 degrees in a clockwise direction.  Upon discovering the error, the engraver simply turned the punch to the proper position, then pounded away, obliterating most (but not all) of the underlying digit.

Of the three major varieties for this year (Medium Date, Tall Date, and 6 over Horizontal 6), this is the most difficult to find.  Mint State examples are very rare.  As of July 2011, PCGS had certified 44 examples, 7 of which were Mint State.  PCGS has not graded any 1846 6 over Horizontal 6 Half Dollars above MS-63.