1846-O is a semi-key date in the Liberty Seated dollar series. With a mintage ranking of 27th out of
47 the collector would expect that it would be easy to locate, but that’s only partially true. 1846-O
dollars are scarce, probably in part due to their demand as the first New Orleans product in the series.
Nice problem-free examples can be located, but patient searching is required. Lower grade examples,
VF or less, are more available than many other dates. Apparently coins in the New Orleans area
circulated more than their Philadelphia counterparts. Mint state examples are very rare.
The finest known example is a single MS65 coin graded by NGC. The highest graded PCGS coin is MS64+.
Three others have received a MS64 grade from PCGS. NGC has graded none at that level. Only eleven
coins have been graded MS63 by the two services. A total of 50 coins have been graded at all levels
of mint state. A few of those examples are surely re-submissions. Choice examples are truly rare,
virtually unobtainable. In MS63 or better this is one of the toughest dates in the entire series.
Population statistics are as of January, 2019.
|Proof mintage ||None|
|Mintage ranking ||27th|
|Finest known ||MS65|
|Known obverse dies ||1|
|Known reverse dies ||1|
|Known die marriages ||1|
|Most common die marriage ||OC-1 / R2|
|Rarest business strike die marriage ||OC-1 / R2|