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: $6.06 (5/30/2015)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/25/2014

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1874 ARROWS 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 60.00 72.50 135 275 440 485 625 750 1200 1600 2450 4050 17250 38500 70000 - - -
$ 300 480 535 690 825 1325 1750 2900 6450 19500 44000 80000 -

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Total Graded: 350
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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6/7/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4544
6/7/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7741

Auction Prices Realized

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6/28/1999 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1180, 1180/Lot# 1526 $370.60
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1271 $1,437.50
6/1/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 1680 $1,782.50
10/1/2007 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 182, 188/Lot# 560 $448.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5564 $40,250.00
2/9/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 167846 $2,256.10
6/23/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20266 $493.50
8/17/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27159 $217.38

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 ARROWS 50C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1427
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1117
Owner: El Zorro
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