Description and Analysis

Seated Liberty Half Dollars
1874 ARROWS 50C PF

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.