Description and Analysis
Seated Liberty Half Dollars
1846 O MED DATE 50C MS
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.