1846 Seated Liberty Dime

The 1846 is unquestionably one of the few key dates in the long running Seated Liberty dime series of 1837-1891.

From a very low mintage of 31,300, only about 500 are estimated to exist today.(1)

Prices for the 1846 dime are characterized by long term trends moving consistently higher; in that regard, it is one of the finest coins analyzed in our U.S. coinage survey. Since 1950, the only setback in all grades occurred from 1985 to 1990, and even that was rather mild.

Mint State examples of the 1846 dime are exceptionally rare. At the highest levels of preservation, don’t confuse Proof with Mint State examples. There are many more 1846 dimes in Proof compared to Mint State.(2)

Listen in on any conversation about rare and valuable dimes, and soon the 1846 Seated Liberty dime is mentioned. That’s because it has been held in high esteem by the collecting community seemingly forever.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 500
? The survivor estimate from PCGS represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in all grades. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
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PCGS Rarity Scale: 6.0
? The 'PCGS CoinFacts Rarity Scale' assesses the relative rarity of all U.S. coins, based on estimated surviving examples. The scale runs from 1.0 to 10.0. The higher the number, the rarer the coin.
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