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1846 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8226, 88226

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 395,942
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2332, "Breen-6562, Small Date", sold for $3,680.00

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1373, illustrated, sold for $1,782.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 400, "Small Date", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Purchased from Joe Flynn, March 17, 1978

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 136, "Large Date", sold for $632.50  From the Bowers & Merena sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part III, May 2000, Lot 392

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 401, "Small Date", illustrated, sold for $747.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 28, 1967

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1109, not plated, sold for $322.00

Notes:
David Akers observed that the reverse of this date was also used to strike the Proof Half Eagles of 1844, 1845, 1848, and possibly 1847.  According to Akers, the die shows "die scratches or file marks in the left field at the eagle's leg feathers and the three lower wing feathers closest to the body."

The finest Uncirculated "Large Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

The finest Uncirculated "Small Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

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