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

1846-O 50C Medium Date (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6255
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,304,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,800 • PCGS MS65 • 10-27-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 14 / 66 TIE 25 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 9 / 66 TIE 12 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow and Mike Printz, sold privately in 1/2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98485, $18,800

2 MS65 estimated grade  

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1936, $14,300 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:203, $10,062.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's 12/1958:316 - Superior 8/1975:572 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:124 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7025, $3,162.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow and Mike Printz, sold privately in 1/2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98485, $18,800

2 MS65 estimated grade  

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1936, $14,300 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:203, $10,062.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's 12/1958:316 - Superior 8/1975:572 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:124 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7025, $3,162.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1846-O Half Dollars feature two different date logotypes for the year: Medium Date and Tall Date.  The differences between the two are obvious when the coins are placed side-by-side, but to attribute a single coin, you will need the aid of the attribution image above.  The clearest differences are on the 1 of the date, which is tall and slender on the Tall Date; the 6, whose top ball is widely separated from the bottom loop on the Tall Date; and the 4, which is shaped quite differently on both.