Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,982,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.12 (11/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1854 ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The U. S. Mint's efforts to restore silver coins to circulation under the new weight standard was in full swing during 1854, and Philadelphia contributed nearly three million half dollars. Not surprisingly, these are quite common in circulated grades to the present day, and even Mint State pieces are fairly available through MS 64.

The glory of rays utilized during 1853 to denote the new issues was omitted this year, though the obverse arrowheads remained. Both the date and arrowheads were incorporated into a complete master die, so there are no variations in size or position. A peculiarity of this hub is that most design features display a raised outline, what authors Wiley and Bugert called a "halo." This is often mistaken for a doubled-die variety, but the latter would be doubled in a single direction only.

A dozen or more die pairs would have been required for this large mintage, but just nine have been confirmed from the combining of eight obverses with nine reverses. Three collars were used, these featuring 144, 145 or 146 reeds, respectively. No varieties are known, mostly as a consequence of the fully hubbed obverse.

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Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1854 ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 110 200 280 300 435 535 585 815 1280 1610 2800 8750 22100 57500 80000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 548
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1854 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base36973740473246711103193934339111--548
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Total36973740473246711103193936339111--550
 1 %1 %2 %1 %7 %7 %9 %6 %8 %13 %20 %1 %3 %7 %7 %6 %2 %0 %0 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/4/2001 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244, 244/Lot# 7797 $5,635.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2773 $805.00
12/30/2012 NGC VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 92114 $68.20
3/21/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7732 $763.75
4/1/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 2011 $329.00
7/7/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 191 $110.00
5/4/2014 PCGS Genuine AG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 188321 $29.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15213 $481.75
11/14/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3508, 6062/Lot# 20155 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115520127231456362085694110281186136315311886233529104876746111718185862973635585
521702252863975826998849701081124514191649203625273565573888801400722303316860
000000699884970108112451419164920362527356557388880140072230300
0000007779139991133130414751768218527184221659910299162972601900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2910
Owner: Michael Jones
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1531
Owner: pulver set
 
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