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: $7.00 (9/21/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1846 TALL DATE 50C MS obverse 1846 TALL DATE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Tall Date punch was used on cents, as well as half dollars, and in both instances it is the scarcer of the two sizes. The premium is greater for half dollars, however.

The Bugert die study book lists six obverse dies of this style. These were combined with seven reverses for a total of eight known die marriages. WB-108 features a Spiked 4 and is attributed by NGC as VP-003 under its VarietyPlus Service.

Though scarcer in overall numbers, the certified population of Tall Date coins in Mint State is not markedly different than for the Medium Date. This may represent a higher rate of submission for the former. Gems are rare for either variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1846 TALL DATE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 55.00 65.00 110 225 450 520 650 1150 1390 1500 1750 2750 7500 18200 36000 53000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 25000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 121
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1846 TALL DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-14265217111717-71252112---121
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Total-14265217111717-71252212---122
 -1 %3 %2 %5 %4 %17 %6 %9 %14 %14 %-6 %10 %4 %2 %2 %1 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/31/2011 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3129, 3129/Lot# 1277 $368.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1721 $646.25
2/3/2013 NGC XF 45   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 696 $345.00
11/15/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33706 $822.50
5/18/2014 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10318 $100.00
6/29/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 115959 $400.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1208/Lot# 4430 $4,846.88
3/12/2017 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131712/Lot# 25441 $84.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 50C MS TALL DATE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15117120123732047772582011241193136915051639179928853057443175811197119079306611
15818121326537256075792111471252141415501692216129423515548190441434022940306610
0000007579211147125214141550169221612942351554819044143402294000
000000788102311701310146015941746252330003973653110508167102680000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1799
Owner: Nolan
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1193
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
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