1846 Seated Liberty Half Dime

Seated Liberty half dimes were issued from 1837 to 1873. Other than the one-of-a-kind 1870-S (discovered in 1978), the 1846 is THE toughest and most valuable date in this lengthy series.

There were only 27,000 of the 1846 half dimes to start with, and of that number, only 250 (less  than one percent!) are estimated to have survived.(1)

Growing demand competing for a meager supply has generated remarkable stairstep value trend charts for the 1846 half dime, going back many, many years. Its price performance far exceeds that of most collectible coins, suggesting there is virtually no downside risk over the long term by purchasing this amazing rarity.

The 1846 Seated Liberty half dime is a prized acquisition for collectors of any stature.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 250
? 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: 6.6
? 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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