Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 394,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.94 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1874 S ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1874 S ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A small mintage and a high attrition rate have left the 1874-S half dollar as a scarce issue in even the lowest grades. It become very scarce grading XF or AU, while Mint State coins survive in the low double digits. A very small number of superb gems are known.

Just three obverse dies have been identified, and these were paired with four reverses for a total of four die marriages. This is a particularly interesting issue for the variety collector, as three different mintmark styles may be found. One reverse die displays the Small Wide S used 1871-72, and two others repeat the Minute S used for 1873-S halves. Finally, the Medium-Small S of 1872 appears again on 1874-S half dollars, but in this instance the upper half is filled, and the S is placed extremely low and quite offset to the right. This one is the rarest of the three, though all are obtainable with searching.

1874-S half dollars were coined with collars having either 144 or 145 reeds.

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1874 S ARROWS 50C MS
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Base $ 60.00 85.00 135 290 525 765 825 1100 1790 2100 2250 2750 4000 6100 26000 48500 78500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 31000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 60
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1874 S ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-151827-246-1181121----60
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Total-151827-246-11811411---63
 -2%8%2%13%3%11%-3%6%10%-2%2%13%17%6%2%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 S ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base183201237366754110312061483158317532250248025852807340641417431995115254236603709843961
189213280495870113712981516164019192327251526593007365152388271117191805628139393860
0000001298151616401919232725152659300736515238827111719180562813900
0000001391155016962084240325502733320638966334911113486208583261900
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Grade: VF 20
Points: 754
Owner: 123cents
 
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