1846-O 50C Tall Date VF20

PCGS#: 6256

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $7.25

Expert Comments

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).

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,304,000 Weight: 13.36 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade

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

1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 estimated grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 estimated grade