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: $6.38 (10/20/2019)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 85.00 135 320 525 765 825 1100 1790 2100 2250 2750 4000 6100 26000 48500 78500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 31000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 57
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: 10/8/2019 1874 S ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-13-827-246-1181121----57
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----------------2-1---3
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Total-13-827-246-11811411---60
 -2 %5 %-13 %3 %12 %-3 %7 %10 %-2 %2 %13 %18 %7 %2 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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6/1/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 8251 $402.50
3/18/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3243, 3243/Lot# 1787 $603.75
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 110687 $715.00
9/14/2014 PCGS VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 821, 830/Lot# 10140 $275.00
6/4/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7742 $587.50
11/6/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22258 $2,115.00
12/26/2018 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131901/Lot# 21304 $204.00


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