1853 50C Arrows and Rays PR64

CERTIFICATION#: -52579
PCGS#: 6405

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers & Merena Apr '97 price realized $63,800. Lot #1956. Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 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).

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 5 Weight: 12.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 4 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 4 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 1 / 55 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade

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

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3159 - Kaufman Collection - Heritage 8/2007:1786, $149,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5667, $135,125

1 PR65 estimated grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade
4 PR64 PCGS grade