1853 H10C Arrows AU50

CERTIFICATION#: 16016870
PCGS#: 4356

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1853, a new Mint Act lowered the weight of Half Dimes in response to a rise in the price of silver.  This meant that all of the old silver coins still in circulation were worth more than their face value, thus they needed to be recalled and reminted at the new, lower weight.  To denote the weight change, the Mint added arrows on either side of the date, making it easy for anyone to quickly identify the new coins versus the old.  The Mint repurposed an untold number of old silver coins into a whopping 13 million 1853 With Arrows Half Dimes -- easily the largest mintage of any Half Dime from the beginning of the series in 1794 to the end in 1873.

Though this is a very common date, there are lots of type collectors who need and want this date for their collections.  Hundreds and hundreds of Mint State examples exist, mostly in MS63 and MS64.  Even Gem are common and only in MS67 does this date become truly rare.  The finest example is a single PCGS MS67+.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 13,210,020 Weight: 1.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
12
3
14
1
4
22
3
6
23
4
8
24
1
10
26
7
45+
100
50+
150
53+
165
55+
180
58+
205
62+
300
63+
425
1
64+
825
3
65+
1,950
1
66+
4,900
67+
22,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 6 / 6 79 / 79
60 or Better 1,100 R-4.9 6 / 6 79 / 79
65 or Better 110 R-7.9 6 / 6 69 / 79

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade