Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 13,210,020
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.99 (6/15/2021)
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: 11/27/2019

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1853 ARROWS H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 28.00 32.00 55.00 95.00 140 150 160 180 215 225 260 345 520 1200 2550 10500 24000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 365 625 1780 3650 22000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1453
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/8/2021 1853 ARROWS H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base31820178944693248100236363192178212724215---1453
-----------------18---9
---------------113----5
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Total31820178944693248100236363192178213734623---1467
 0%1%1%1%6%3%5%2%3%7%16%0%4%13%12%15%5%3%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 ARROWS H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base677289106139265288477527551575642674783900120621613345536756841323316496
6978951171812733514945355595976537108221002152425564019547382001432117321
00000035149453555959765371082210021524255640195473820000
000000414510543567620663747861110418432950469355781071700
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3345
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3345
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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