Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.79 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1846 O MED DATE 50C MS obverse 1846 O MED DATE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite its generous mintage, the 1846-O half dollar is quite scarce in Mint State, and gems are all but unknown. The vast majority of 1846-O halves, regardless of grade, display the Medium Date punch. Of 27 die marriages for this issue, all but six feature this style of date.

The exceptionally large number of die marriages was seemingly due a high failure rate for reverses. While only nine obverse dies have been identified, some 20 reverses were used, a couple of which were holdovers from 1845. These frequently reveal cracks and rim cuds that may reflect improper hardening of the steel or something wrong in the set-up process used. There are numerous varieties for 1846-O Medium Date, and the better ones are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1846 O MED DATE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 65.00 70.00 125 315 425 475 675 850 1190 1800 2900 4250 8250 18500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 123
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1846 O MED DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-779211016381610-582--1----123
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----------1---1-------2
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Total-779211016381611-583--1----125
 -6 %6 %7 %17 %8 %13 %2 %6 %13 %9 %-4 %6 %2 %--1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Price
7/16/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3312, 3312/Lot# 2282 $27.00
6/4/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4508 $1,410.00
8/11/2015 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 423 $1,645.00
3/6/2018 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131811/Lot# 23951 $174.00
3/6/2019 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131911/Lot# 23741 $132.00
5/8/2019 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131920/Lot# 23392 $222.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 O 50C MS MED DATE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1511712012203204778208749901173134517532048228831944261532688301406422588365531
158181207253372591838913105112301481185121282590355046166494105751690527243365530
00000083891310511230148118512128259035504616649410575169052724300
00000085695111121288161719502208289239054971766212319197473189800
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 477
Owner: 123cents
 
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