1853 50C Arrows and Rays (Proof)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS PR65

PCGS PR65

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PCGS PR64

PCGS PR64

PCGS PR63

PCGS PR63

PCGS #:
6405
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
5
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6405 (PR) 65

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
6 PR63 PCGS grade PCGS #6405 (PR)     63
6 PR63 PCGS grade
6 PR63 PCGS grade
9 PR62 estimated grade
 
	PCGS #6405 (PR) 65 
#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
PCGS #6405 (PR)     63 #6 PR63 PCGS grade
#6 PR63 PCGS grade
#6 PR63 PCGS grade
#9 PR62 estimated grade
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).