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1846 HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 2,210,000
Proofs: est. 20

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 206 grains (13.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Significant examples:
NGC MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 714, "1846 over Horizontal 6", illustrated, sold for $14,950.00  The Finest Known 

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2567, sold for $9,660.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 407, "6 over 6", not illustrated, sold for $747.50

EF-45.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6823, "WB-102, Medium Date, Breen-4787," not illustrated, sold for $97.75

VF/EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 432, "WB-104, 6 Over Horizontal 6" @$299.00

VG-8.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6824, "WB-104, 6 Over Horizontal 6," not illustrated, sold for $155.25

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Medium Date" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

The finest Uncirculated "Tall Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest Uncirculated "6/Horizontal 6" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

The finest Proof "Medium Date" example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

Sources and/or recommended reading:

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service