1846 50C 6/Horizontal 6 XF40 Certification #11871122, PCGS #6254

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

This is a great "eyeball" variety that is very easy to identify.  As the engraver was working on the die, he first punched in the three digit "184" logotype.  When he punched in the 6 as the fourth and final digit, it was turned 90 degrees in a clockwise direction.  Upon discovering the error, the engraver simply turned the punch to the proper position, then pounded away, obliterating most (but not all) of the underlying digit.

Of the three major varieties for this year (Medium Date, Tall Date, and 6 over Horizontal 6), this is the most difficult to find.  Mint State examples are very rare.  As of July 2011, PCGS had certified 44 examples, 7 of which were Mint State.  PCGS has not graded any 1846 6 over Horizontal 6 Half Dollars above MS-63.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2210000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
44
Pop Lower
31
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 350 R-6.3 9 / 66 19 / 126 TIE
All Grades 10 R-9.5 10 / 66 TIE 15 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade

John C. Mills Collection -
S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904 -
J.M. Clapp -
Clapp Estate -
Louis Eliasberg Collection -
Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1934 -
Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7021, $8,913

2 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
2 MS63 estimated grade