Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers & Merena Apr '97 price realized $63,800. Lot #1956. Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions.
The Proof 1853 Half Dollar with Arrows and Rays is an extemely rare coin and one which enjoys incredible demand from type collectors who need this one-year type. Depending on who builds the roster, there are between five and six examples known, with a few more that are either reappearances of these or they are additional examples. Quality varies, depending in part on planchet preparation -- for instance, the Norweb example (now NGC PR66) has been called a one-sided Proof because the reverse appears satiny. Other examples are convincing as full Proofs.
Auction records show this is a solid, six-figure coin at the high end. The auction record for this date is $184,000 (realized in 2012 by a PCGS PR65).
Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:1234 - Charles Steigerwalt - William H. Woodin - Waldo C. Newcomer Collection - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - Major Lenox R. Lohr Collection - Stack's 10/1956:753 - Heritage 1/2012:3252, $184,000
Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3159 - Kaufman Collection - Heritage 8/2007:1786, $149,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5667, $135,125
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