Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,740,000
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: $0.65 (2/21/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 ARROWS H10C MS obverse 1854 ARROWS H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though the Philadelphia Mint's output of half dimes fell by more than half from 1853, the mintage for 1854 was still quite large for this series. The 1854(P) half dime is fairly common across all grades through MS 65. Collectors will want to shop for a well struck example from fresh dies, and they should also avoid the frequently seen die-clash impressions, which are distracting on a type coin.

Minor repunched date varieties are known, but the most appealing variety is the one in which the date was placed too high and overlaps Liberty's base.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1854 ARROWS H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.00 28.00 32.00 40.00 85.00 145 160 180 190 225 235 270 365 675 1475 3250 13500 - - -
$ - - - - 215 - - - - 740 - 6000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 650
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1844 $368.00
10/10/2005 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2103, 2103/Lot# 1307 $201.60
5/5/2013 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 750, 759/Lot# 107 $55.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 124279 $57.20
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10211 $1,116.25
6/1/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 187404 $1,784.20
2/8/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131507/Lot# 25122 $123.38
3/31/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32747 $364.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 ARROWS H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base677289106139265288477527551597653684802908133321973486592262631323316496
697895117181273351494535566616663723837105016212627429860368586143210
00000035149453556661666372383710501621262742986036858600
000000414510543582634674763873119119093056511061491091000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3486
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1333
Owner: RGT1
 
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