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

1846-O 50C Tall Date (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
6256
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:
$21,850 • PCGS MS62 • 8-18-2011 • 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 200 R-7.0 7 / 66 TIE 11 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 66 TIE 3 / 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 MS62 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Heritage 4/2015:4473, $5,170 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20061, $16,450

1 MS62 PCGS grade

J.V. McDermott - Roy Pahler - Floyd Farley - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:126 - Dick Osburn - Bowers & Merena 8/2011:7026, $21,850

1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Superior 8/1975:573 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:125 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:541 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98486, $13,512.50

5 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Heritage 4/2015:4473, $5,170 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20061, $16,450

1 MS62 PCGS grade

J.V. McDermott - Roy Pahler - Floyd Farley - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:126 - Dick Osburn - Bowers & Merena 8/2011:7026, $21,850

1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Superior 8/1975:573 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:125 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:541 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98486, $13,512.50

5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 estimated grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1846-O Half Dollar is found with a Medium Date (Breen calls it a Small Date) and a Tall Date.  Telling the two apart is actually quite easy: on the Medium Date, the bottom of the crosslet on the 4 nearly touches the right edge of the bottom serif of the 4; on the Tall Date they are widely separated.  The Tall Date logotype was also used on some 1846 Large Cents.  

The Tall Date 1846-O Half Dollar appears to be roughly twice as rare as the Medium Date version, based on the PCGS Population Report as of June 2011.  Fewer than 40 examples have been certified by PCGS in all grades and only two Mint State examples have been certified by PCGS (both in MS-62).