1846 Seated Liberty Half Dollars : All Varieties

Type 1 - No Motto

Mintage: 2,210,000
Minted at: Philadelphia

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

Diameter: 30.6 mm
Mass / Weight: 13.36 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1846 Medium Date vs Tall Date Seated Liberty Half Dollar - Varieties and Comparisons
There were a few major varieties of the 1846 Seated Liberty Half Dollar. Two of them deal with the size and style of the numbers in the 1846 date. The Medium Date features smaller and shorter numbers whereas the Tall Date features taller and larger numbers. The easiest way to distinguish the two varieties is to note the number "4". The Medium "4" has the right-side and bottom serifs nearly touching each other while the Tall "4" has a nice gap between the serifs as depicted by the arrows in the example image above. The medium sized "8" sits lower than the rest of the numbers in the date - but the tall "8" lines up with all of the numbers. The medium "6" has a smaller gap in the upper portion within the "6" and a larger space on the bottom portion. The tall "6" however has a larger gap in the upper portion within the "6" and a smaller space on the bottom. Lastly: The medium "4" lines up vertically more towards the left side of the seated liberty portrait whereas the tall "4" is lined up more towards the right side. These features are depicted above in the example comparison image of the 1846 Medium Date vs Tall Date Seated Liberty Half Dollar.

Another major variety is actually a very rare and valuable Repunched Date (RPD) error which resulted in a Horizontal "6" in the 1846 date. This is depicted below in the example image:

1846 Horizontal 6 RPD Error - Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Major Varieties:
1846 Medium Date Seated Liberty Half Dollar
1846 Tall Date Seated Liberty Half Dollar
1846 Horizontal "6" Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Coin value chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth in USD based on grade/condition
Very Good
Very Fine
Extremely Fine
About Uncirculated

MELT VALUE: $6.6376

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