1846 Liberty Seated Half Dime

The absolute key date of the series is the 1846 Liberty Seated Half Dime. Only 27,000 pieces were produced for circulation, along with a dozen Proofs. Also of note, the New Orleans Mint did not strike half dimes in 1846, making the Philadelphia issue the only one available to date collectors.

The 1846 Half Dime is rare in all grades. The few proof coins are actually more common than the regular strikes in uncirculated condition. The population reports of grading firms PCGS and NGC show just four pieces mint state grades, with the pieces divided between MS62 and MS63. Most pieces encountered will show heavy circulation and may may have been cleaned or damaged in the past.

Despite the rarity of the coins, they remain relatively affordable, mainly due to the lack of interest in collecting the series by date. Examples in about uncirculated grades come to auction infrequently, but have sold for prices in the $6,000 to $8,000 range.