MS62 1846 6 Over Horizontal 6 Half
1846 50C 6 Over Horizontal 6 MS62 PCGS. CAC. FS-301. There
are two distinct date logotypes used for the 1846 half dollars. The
first, dubbed Medium Date, was the same size used on half dollars
of 1843-1845 and was also used to date some 1846 cents. A second
logotype, the Large Date, was used for a minority of half dollars
struck in 1846 and was unused in any other years.
Popular Variety, Rare in Uncirculated
It appears that the date punch from this era included the first three digits: 184. The final digit was punched separately, which allowed for the three-digit punch to be reused for 10 years but also created numerous positional varieties. One of the most popular is the Guide Book-listed 1846 6 over horizontal 6, which used the medium-sized puncheon. The final digit was initially punched sideways in error, then corrected with a second, upright punch. The horizontal digit can be prominently seen without magnification.
The underdigit is strongly evident on this piece. The striking details are sharp overall, but not completely brought up in all areas. The surfaces display reddish-golden and blue toning. PCGS has certified just 44 examples of this variety, and only seven are Mint State (7/11). A mere three specimens are graded finer than the current piece (all MS63).
From The Oliver Collection. (NGC ID# 24H6, PCGS# 6254)
Weight: 13.36 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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