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1853 50C Arrows and Rays (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
6275
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
3,532,708
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 6,000 R-3.8 2 / 2 126 / 126
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 2 / 2 125 / 126
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 2 / 2 83 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 6,000
60 or Better 600
65 or Better 30
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.8
60 or Better R-5.8
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 2
60 or Better 2 / 2
65 or Better 2 / 2
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 126 / 126
60 or Better 125 / 126
65 or Better 83 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6275 (MS) 67

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6436, $76,375

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Ed Hipps, sold privately in 1979 for $25,000 - Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5179, $94,000

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98471 - Heritage 1/2016:5370, $44,650

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2017:237, $67,562.50 - D.L. Hansen Collection

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2014:5584, $42,593.75

6 MS66 PCGS grade

"High Desert" Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:1794, $46,000 - Heritage 1/2008:2878 - Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4272, $76,375

6 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #6275 (MS) 67 
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6436, $76,375

#3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Ed Hipps, sold privately in 1979 for $25,000 - Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5179, $94,000

#3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98471 - Heritage 1/2016:5370, $44,650

#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2017:237, $67,562.50 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2014:5584, $42,593.75

#6 MS66 PCGS grade

"High Desert" Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:1794, $46,000 - Heritage 1/2008:2878 - Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4272, $76,375

#6 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1853, the American Congress passed a Coinage Act that reduced the weights of the Half Dimes, Dimes, Quarter Dollars, and Half Dollars to correct the imbalance in the prices of gold and silver. To make the change obvious, arrowheads were placed on either side of the date and rays were placed throughout the reverse. Production of the new Half Dollars ballooned in 1853 to over 3.5 million coins -- a level unseen since ten years earlier. The New Orleans mint contributed another 1.3+ million coins. With the rays on the reverse, this became a one-year type coin (from 1854 to 1855, the rays were removed but the arrowheads remained). This date is very plentiful in most Mint State grades, but type collectors keep the price higher than usual. Numerous Gem examples remain, but Superb examples (those MS66 and better) are very scarce.

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