1846 P Coronet Head Gold $5 Half Eagle : Small Date

Type 1 - No Motto - Liberty Head - Early Matron Gold Coins

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Metal Composition: 90% Gold - 10% Copper

Diameter: 21.6 mm
Mass / Weight: 8.36 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1846 Liberty Head $5 Gold Half Eagle - Five Dollars - Small Date
There were two major varieties of the 1846 $5 gold half eagle. The variety depicted above is the "Small Date" variety with features slightly smaller numbers in the 1846 date. It can sometimes be hard to identify the difference between the varieties - but one way is to look at the number "4" in the date and note the spacing to the left and right of it. The Small Date has much more spacing between the "4" and the rest of the numbers - while the large date has narrower spacing. The difference between the $5 1846 Large Date vs Small Date Half Eagle variety is depicted below in the example comparison image - note the red lines depicting the spacing differences. Source of example images is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries:

1846 Large Date vs Small Date - $5 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle - Difference and Comparison
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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MELT VALUE: $283.64


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