Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 700
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.38 (9/15/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1874 ARROWS 50C PF obverse 1874 ARROWS 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The arrowheads on proof 1874 half dollars are smaller than those seen on the 1873 proofs, but the currency strikes come both ways, as is true of the earlier date as well. It's not known whether any conscious action went into such decisions, but the coins speak for themselves.

Proofs of this date are sought for the brief addition of arrowheads, which was discontinued in 1875. Most survivors fall well short of the gem level, due to generations of cleaning, retoning and further cleaning. In addition, the paper envelopes used for storing coins until well into the 1960s led to much light abrasion of their high points.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1874 ARROWS 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 875 925 1020 1150 1500 2650 4150 10500 26500 50000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2900 - 13000 - - -
1874 ARROWS 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2000 2800 4500 18500 30000 60000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5600 22500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 194
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1874 ARROWS 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------6142551501552---168
-------------------1--1
--------------1--1----2
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Total-----------61425525015621--171
 -----------4 %8 %15 %30 %29 %9 %4 %1 %1 %-- 
1874 ARROWS 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------12426641---26
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---------------1------1
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Total-----------12427641---27
 -----------4 %7 %15 %7 %26 %22 %15 %4 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/4/2004 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 7461 $11,500.00
7/30/2006 PCGS PF 60   Teletrade Auction 2238, 2238/Lot# 1714 $784.00
4/28/2009 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 781 $2,875.00
1/30/2011 PCGS Genuine Proof   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1458 $1,610.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12425 $2,350.00
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4373 $4,993.75
12/8/2013 PCGS PF 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 818 $1,600.00
11/5/2015 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 20065 $9,987.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 50C PF ARROWS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15061551159716441691174017901841189319462000205522382433303338526545805884858929967312278
15211566161316601707175718071858191119642018211623032633330647507049820086339177105410
0000001807185819111964201821162303263333064750704982008633917700
0000001824187619281982203721772368283335795647755483438781942500
1874 50C PF ARROWS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163116781726177618261878193119852040209621532212240526103241410069128485892993901341118750
164716941743179318431896194920032059211521732276247328203527503774368633908310730151910
00000019492003205921152173227624732820352750377436863390831073000
00000019672022207721342192234125423031381459757961878192361207100
1874 50C PF ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base999103310661101113711731239146915131558163417071843230228603447561077569588100741088713723
101010441078111311491195131614841528158316581752199624883056416863258367975010345118320
00000013161484152815831658175219962488305641686325836797501034500
00000013921498154316091683179821492674325148897041897799121061600
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 8485
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 8058
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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