Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,359,600
Catalog: KM-107
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.71 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1874 ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1874 ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

When the adjusted weight coins were produced beginning in 1873, the tolerance was enough that the previous blanks could still be used. The half dollars coined from 1853 through 1873 had a standard weight of 12.44 grams while the new half dollars beginning in 1873 had a weight standard set at 12.50 grams. With a tolerance of plus or minus 0.2 grams, any planchet that weighed between 12.30 and 12.70 grams was legal. Walter Breen suggested that the mint did not make any adjustments to the previous standard in use. The most likely scenario is that they began producing blank planchets at the new weight standard, but went ahead a coined all of the previous blanks that had been prepared and were awaiting coinage.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1874 ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 50.00 65.00 120 275 275 440 470 560 735 975 1200 1600 2250 4250 17250 38500 70000 - - -
$ 300 480 515 615 800 1075 1325 1750 2450 6450 19500 44000 80000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 342
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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1/10/1998 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 6912 $1,552.50
7/14/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1909, 1909/Lot# 1285 $660.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1271 $1,437.50
10/1/2007 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 182, 188/Lot# 560 $448.50
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4028 $1,788.25
3/21/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7741 $411.25
5/4/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131419/Lot# 26654 $129.25
6/9/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20383 $82.25
8/31/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 207870 $250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1859414725555170583810271138128913811583179921972834526488421385521924350061
2988111183353602749901106411881319144816551931240936446456105131654426284350060
00000074990110641188131914481655193124093644645610513165442628400
00000079396411011238135015151727206426214454764912184192343064500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1427
Owner: CRAMER
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1066
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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