Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 13,210,020
Catalog: KM-76
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 ARROWS H10C MS obverse 1853 ARROWS H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The huge influx of gold following the California Gold Rush of 1849 lowered the value of this metal in relation to silver, pushing up the bullion value of United States silver coins above their face value as reckoned in gold. Widespread hoarding resulted, and it took several years of Congressional dithering before action was finally taken with the Act of February 21, 1853. This reduced the weight of the half dime through half dollar about 7%, just enough to keep them in circulation.

A massive recoining ensued, and the Philadelphia Mint produced more than 13 million half dimes of the new tenor in just the first year. This date is extremely common in worn condition, so common in fact that dealers specifically excluded the "Arrows" coins from their buy ads well into the 20th Century.

While there appears to have been no conscious attempt to preserve Mint State examples at the time of issue, the sheer numbers produced has provided collectors with a generous supply. Precious few of these, however, qualify as gems.

Despite its large mintage this date has resulted in very few varieties. The only one of note is a misplaced date in which the bottoms of duplicate numerals 853 are seen protruding from Liberty's base.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/10/2015

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$ 75.00 - 165 175 195 240 310 380 665 1950 5300 24000 -

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Total Graded: 1242
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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1/11/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2144, 2144/Lot# 1068 $313.60
9/21/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7288 $184.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1278 $483.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1279 $2,990.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14279 $587.50
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7593 $411.25
3/2/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 172947 $144.96
3/30/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131414/Lot# 26072 $129.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 ARROWS H10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3345
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2102
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