Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 135,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (10/18/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS obverse 1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of half dimes at the 1837 standard was abortive in 1853, as a law was passed in February that lowered this coin's weight about 7% to offset the rise in price of silver bullion. Many of the unreleased pieces on hand were subsequently melted, and circulated examples of the arrowless edition are scarce. The number of surviving Mint State coins is proportionally higher than normal, as these were hoarded for their bullion value until being rediscovered by collectors decades later.

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1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 50.00 80.00 190 335 525 590 640 725 825 900 1050 1160 1800 2850 3650 8750 17000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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4/19/1999 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1155, 1155/Lot# 1244 $327.00
5/31/2001 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 7971 $891.25
11/20/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 302, 308/Lot# 8004 $1,449.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 913 $949.00
12/2/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131250/Lot# 28750 $152.75
1/9/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9376 $1,410.00
10/12/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 151500 $350.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10010 $2,585.00
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1241/Lot# 3911 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 NO H10C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base147155201304597865949113812261321143815311609173018432268283433864630491553957111
1501702354026868931012116712581360146915571649176819852457301838014725507559670
0000001012116712581360146915571649176819852457301838014725507500
0000001075119712891399150015831690180521262645320242154820523500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3386
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2268
Owner: toyonakataro
 
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