PCGS Coin Number: 7742
Like the 1845-D Liberty Head quarter eagle; the 1846-D issue is usually found in grades ranging from Very Fine to About Uncirculated. Coins of this date cross the auction block with regularity. However; Mint State examples are very rare. Less than 20 examples have been certified as Uncirculated; which has mostly occurred in the last few years. The finest certified example is a single NGC MS-64; which the authors believe to be the former NGC MS-63 Duke‚Äôs Creek specimen. Harry W. Bass; Jr. was fascinated with this date and is credited with the discovery of the D over D variety. When his collection was sold; it contained multiple 1846-D and 1846-D/D examples. The repunched mintmark variety is the rarer of the two types and is very elusive in Mint State. The Smithsonian example has been listed as Mint State in several references; but is actually About Uncirculated.
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