Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 759,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.89 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1855 ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint put the brakes on half dollar production this year. As subsidiary pieces, half dollar had only limited legal tender and were thus difficult to deposit or exchange when presented in large quantities. The U. S. Mint received many complaints of such redundancies, but it nevertheless seems that the relatively low coinage of 1855(P) halves was a statistical blip. Heavy production resumed the following year and continued right through 1858.

Of the five date/mint combinations having arrowheads at the date, only the 1855-S half dollar is more scarce than this one. Mint State examples are much less often seen than for 1854(P), 1854-O and 1855-O. Even circulated specimens are difficult to locate, particularly at the XF-AU level.

The Wiley-Bugert reference lists eight die marriages from seven obverses and six reverses. This number may have risen since that book's publication in 1993, but there appears to be little interest in studying Philadelphia Mint coins from this series. The only notable variety is the 1855/854 overdate. In fact, there are three such dies, each paired with a distinctive reverse, so the overdate feature may have been on the master die for this date and is simply not visible on the other obverse dies. Two collars have been observed, these having 145 or 146 reeds, respectively.

Chief Engraver James B. Longacre favored slanting numerals 5, but the extreme slant unique to 1855 was not thereafter repeated. It may be that it drew received some unfavorable comment from higher-ups.

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Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1855 ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 125 270 385 420 480 800 775 950 1325 2250 3650 11500 48000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 223
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1855 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--132110311423252511116131765----222
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Total--132110311423252511116131765----222
 --0%1%9%5%14%6%10%11%11%0%5%7%6%8%3%2%---- 
1855 ARROWS 50C MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 ARROWS 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13517123732035165385610511138120612391563173519032727328157831009667941696211
147193265330452721921108011611217134716201791217829124115722110096101831696210
000000921108011611217134716201791217829124115722110096101831696200
000000986110911831228145516781847245230964949865810096135731696200
1855 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231552202953306097839901073115211731477164918652617314955829776147511647211
134177245307423667852101810991159127415341721211627943960698011434153251647210
000000852101810991159127415341721211627943960698011434153251647200
000000921104511261166137615921793236629724771837813093158981647200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5582
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1649
Owner: ddr70
 
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