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: $0.67 (5/26/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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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: 138
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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4/15/2001 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1072 $1,782.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1277 $2,070.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(1), 1173/Lot# 3143 $1,292.50
4/24/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1660 $2,585.00
6/30/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 124 $227.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8609 $1,292.50
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 151500 $350.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5527 $188.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7512 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS
 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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