Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 S ARROWS 50C PF obverse 1855 S ARROWS 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint coined its first silver pieces in 1855, and proofs of both the quarter dollar and half dollar were produced to mark the occasion. These are exceedingly rare, with only three examples reported. One has been part of the U. S. Mint cabinet, now held by the Smithsonian Institution, since it was sent to U. S. Mint Director James R. Snowden by San Francisco Mint Superintendent Robert A. Birdsall in that same year. Another example surfaced in 1955 and has been offered at auction several times since. A third piece was cataloged as proof in a 1953 auction but has not been traced since then.

The two confirmed specimens are from the same die marriage, Wiley-Bugert 1. Like many of the currency pieces, these coins lack drapery at Liberty's elbow from overpolishing of the dies. Unlike the circulating coins, however, the proofs are never seen with die-clash impressions, though the do reveal weakness at the bottoms of the date numerals. As with the drapery, this is likely a consequence of polishing the dies a bit too aggressively.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: 65
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1855 S ARROWS 50C PF
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/11/2011 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7176 $276,000.00
1/9/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5671 $170,375.00
2/3/2014 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5141 $158,625.00


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