Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.94 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1846 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS obverse 1846 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint's output of half dollars quadrupled from that of the previous year. Most of these coins featured the Medium Date, so-called because it is larger than that used 1839-42 but smaller than the Large Date also used in 1846. While common in circulated grades, the Medium Date coins are surprisingly scarce in Mint State. Gems are genuinely rare.

Of the 15 obverse dies known for this issue, all but six feature the Medium Date. These were paired with eight reverses for a total of nine Medium Date marriages. The collars used have either 143 or 145 reeds.

The so-called 1846/5 half dollar known to earlier generations of numismatists has proved to be the result of a defective numeral 6 and not an actual overdate. More desirable are a doubled-die obverse variety (VP-001, WB-105) and the very scarce and highly sought 1846 over horizontal 6. The latter is so obvious that it can be seen easily with the naked eye and is thus one of the most popular varieties of all Seated Liberty coins. Lesser varieties are also known, but they've attracted little interest outside of series specialist.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1846 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 48.00 60.00 75.00 100.00 215 350 390 450 635 700 950 1300 2350 5350 12500 - - - - -
$ - - 400 490 650 - - - - 5750 21000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 122
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1846 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1----------1
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Total-----------1----------1
 -----------100 %---------- 
1846 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1411134135181422-59731-----121
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---------------11-----2
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Total1411134135181422-59742-----123
 1 %3 %1 %1 %11 %3 %11 %4 %15 %11 %18 %-4 %7 %6 %3 %2 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 428 $1,150.00
9/5/2004 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1931, 1931/Lot# 1298 $209.00
4/9/2009 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 358, 364/Lot# 7801 $2,070.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4911 $4,935.00
2/6/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2043 $5,434.38
2/16/2017 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1252/Lot# 4330 $1,116.25
12/26/2018 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131901/Lot# 21287 $348.00
5/8/2019 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131920/Lot# 23390 $840.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 MEDIUM 50C MS DATE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15117120122032050282099011381206139315051629170721612643417872171144518311295301
158181207253381608877103911611268143015461655185823223155519186261373422051295300
00000087710391161126814301546165518582322315551918626137342205100
000000933108911831331146815881681201024823666620410036160222579000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1707
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 502
Owner: Matt Law
 
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