Coins Certified as of 2/6

My Coin #-21878

1853-O H10C Arrows MS66

PCGS#: 4357

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. V-2; Ex: Matthew A. Stickney; H. Chapman; John H. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Sold by Bowers & Merena May '96 price realized $3,850. Lot #990. Pedigreed 2/26/03.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1853-O With Arrows Half Dime has a much lower mintage than its counterpart from the Philadelphia Mint, but the mintage is substantially larger than that of the 1853-O Without Arrows.  The main reason for the larger mintage is the feverish pace at which old, heavier silver coins were being brought to the Mint to be converted into new, lower weight coins.  The grade distribution of this date is nearly identical to that of the 1853-O Without Arrows, which indicates that collectors did not save the 1853-O With Arrows Half Dime in proportion to its mintage. 

High grade 1853-O With Arrows Half Dimes are scarce in high grade, especially above MS65.  Superb examples can be counted on one hand, and the best example known today is a single PCGS MS67.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,200,000 Weight: 1.24 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 400 R-6.2 3 / 6 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 1 / 6 TIE 23 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 1 / 6 TIE 28 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade