1854-O H10C Arrows MS64

PCGS#: 4359

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. Ex. New Netherlands Sale (1944) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $8250

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Production of Half Dimes at the New Orleans Mint dropped more than 40% in 1854 to a still-respectable 1,560,000 coins.  Not surprisingly, the number of certified 1854-O Half Dimes is 43% less than the number of certified 1853-O Half Dimes.  Most of the 1854-O Half Dimes went into circulation, but there are at least a couple hundred Mint State survivors that collectors saved for posterity. 

As usual, quality control at the New Orleans Mint was sub-par, and many of the 1854-O Half Dimes sport a weak strike, especially at the denticles.  It is highly unlikely that a fully struck 1854-O Half Dime exists at all.  The best example is a single PCGS MS67.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,560,000 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 300 R-6.4 2 / 6 22 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 75 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
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 11/2004:6146, $32,200

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade