Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,359,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.18 (9/26/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1874 ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1874 ARROWS 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

When the adjusted weight coins were produced beginning in 1873, the tolerance was enough that the previous blanks could still be used. The half dollars coined from 1853 through 1873 had a standard weight of 12.44 grams while the new half dollars beginning in 1873 had a weight standard set at 12.50 grams. With a tolerance of plus or minus 0.2 grams, any planchet that weighed between 12.30 and 12.70 grams was legal. Walter Breen suggested that the mint did not make any adjustments to the previous standard in use. The most likely scenario is that they began producing blank planchets at the new weight standard, but went ahead a coined all of the previous blanks that had been prepared and were awaiting coinage.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1874 ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 70.00 80.00 135 285 440 470 575 750 975 1250 1500 2100 3650 16250 35500 70000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 376
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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10/28/1998 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1100, 1100/Lot# 1409 $817.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1271 $1,437.50
10/1/2007 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 182, 188/Lot# 560 $448.50
7/31/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1633 $2,415.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3336 $805.00
11/29/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9271 $440.63
8/5/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7783 $763.75
7/11/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6134 $182.13
10/12/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 207870 $250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14716323714637748201051111713031450168318862197272734676437884213855219243500641587
1521882371555677898971073117913521528175119902374297444577239105131654526285372000
000000897107311791352152817511990237429744457723910513165452628500
000000974109512411401160518182093255032205447804012184192343064500
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 1117
Owner: El Zorro
 
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