1853-O 50C WB-NC-1 No Arrows/Rays Lg O (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS VF35<BR>mage courtesy of <a href="http://www.bowersandmerena.com" target="_blank">Bowers and Merena Auctions</a>

PCGS VF35
mage courtesy of Bowers and Merena Auctions

PCGS VF35

PCGS VF35

PCGS VG8

PCGS VG8

PCGS #:
6270
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
4
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 4 R-9.8 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.8
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 66
65 or Better 1 / 66
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 126
65 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 VF35 PCGS grade

201 grains. J.W. Haseltine - J. Colvin Randall - William Elliot Woodward, 06/1885:421 - H.P. Newlin - T. Harrison Garrett - John Work Garrett - B&R 11/1979:339 - David Queller - Stack's 10/2002:530, $161,000 - Jim Gray - Bowers & Merena 7/2004:2332, $310,500 - Stack's 10/2006:1160, $368,000

2 VG8 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6270 (MS) 8

Howell Family Estate, discovered in 2012 in a small group of silver coins and nearly sold for $15 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11447, $218,500 - offered by Rich Uhrich Coins on their website in 12/2014 for $265,000 - Heritage 8/2015:4060 $199,720

3 G6 PCGS grade

199.6 grains. S.H. & H. Chapman “Colin E. King” 4/1892:854 - Colonel E.H.R. Green Collection - Stack’s “Anderson-Dupont” 11/1954:2143 - Stack’s “Empire Sale 11/1957:1394 - Hollinbeck Coin Company (Art and Paul Kagin) - Stack’s “R.E. Cox, Jr.” 4/1962:1928 - Stack’s “E. Yale Clarke 10/1975:289 - Julian Leidman - Roy Ash - Leon Goodman - Julian Leidman - Jules Reiver - Julian Leidman - Jonathan Kern - Charles Barasch - New England Collection - Charles Barasch - Julian Leidman - Kenneth Goldman - South Florida Rare Coins - Stack's/Bowers 10/2014:10026, $246,750

4 VG estimated grade

202.3 grains. Exhibited by H.O. Granberg at the 1911 American Numismatic Association convention - William H. Woodin - Waldo Newcomer - Colonel E.H.R. Green (via B. Max Mehl) - Charles M. Williams - Abe Kosoff's sale of the Adolphe Menjou collection, 1950:1084 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s sale of the Eliasberg collection, Lot 1955, $154,000

#1 VF35 PCGS grade

201 grains. J.W. Haseltine - J. Colvin Randall - William Elliot Woodward, 06/1885:421 - H.P. Newlin - T. Harrison Garrett - John Work Garrett - B&R 11/1979:339 - David Queller - Stack's 10/2002:530, $161,000 - Jim Gray - Bowers & Merena 7/2004:2332, $310,500 - Stack's 10/2006:1160, $368,000

 
	PCGS #6270 (MS) 8 
#2 VG8 PCGS grade

Howell Family Estate, discovered in 2012 in a small group of silver coins and nearly sold for $15 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11447, $218,500 - offered by Rich Uhrich Coins on their website in 12/2014 for $265,000 - Heritage 8/2015:4060 $199,720

#3 G6 PCGS grade

199.6 grains. S.H. & H. Chapman “Colin E. King” 4/1892:854 - Colonel E.H.R. Green Collection - Stack’s “Anderson-Dupont” 11/1954:2143 - Stack’s “Empire Sale 11/1957:1394 - Hollinbeck Coin Company (Art and Paul Kagin) - Stack’s “R.E. Cox, Jr.” 4/1962:1928 - Stack’s “E. Yale Clarke 10/1975:289 - Julian Leidman - Roy Ash - Leon Goodman - Julian Leidman - Jules Reiver - Julian Leidman - Jonathan Kern - Charles Barasch - New England Collection - Charles Barasch - Julian Leidman - Kenneth Goldman - South Florida Rare Coins - Stack's/Bowers 10/2014:10026, $246,750

#4 VG estimated grade

202.3 grains. Exhibited by H.O. Granberg at the 1911 American Numismatic Association convention - William H. Woodin - Waldo Newcomer - Colonel E.H.R. Green (via B. Max Mehl) - Charles M. Williams - Abe Kosoff's sale of the Adolphe Menjou collection, 1950:1084 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s sale of the Eliasberg collection, Lot 1955, $154,000

Ron Guth:

Four examples are now known of this great rarity, thanks to the discovery in early 2012 of a new example (certified VG8 by PCGS and illustrated above. All four 1853-O No Arrows Half Dollars are from the same die pair. Each is below the old standard weight of 208.25 grains, but well above the new standard of 192 grains adopted on February 21, 1853. The wear on each of the known examples accounts for the weight discrepancy.

This was the second-to-the-last coin that Louis Eliasberg needed to complete his collection of United States coins.

In a survey of the members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, published in the March 2008 issue of the Gobrecht Journal, the 1853-O No Arrows Half Dollar was ranked first among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins: "...This issue was placed in the top spot by 55% of the respondents and was listed among the top ten coins by 86% of the respondents."

Sources and/or recommended reading: "Lost In Transition" by Paul Gilkes, COIN WORLD, July 24, 2000, p. 80.

"The Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins" by John McCloskey, THE GOBRECHT JOURNAL, March 2008, pp. 53-57.