1854 50C Arrows (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6279
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
2,982,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - 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 3,000 R-4.4 4 / 6 114 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 4 / 6 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 4 / 6 63 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 15
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-9.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 6
60 or Better 4 / 6
65 or Better 4 / 6
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 114 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 63 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2004:6093, $11,040 - Heritage 7/2008:1693, $29,900 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2468, $17,250 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7046, $17,825

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3127, $13,512.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2018:4255, $31,200

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Melrose Bay Collection - Heritage 7/2005:10210, $17,250

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade
#1 MS67 estimated grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2004:6093, $11,040 - Heritage 7/2008:1693, $29,900 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2468, $17,250 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7046, $17,825

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3127, $13,512.50

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2018:4255, $31,200

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Melrose Bay Collection - Heritage 7/2005:10210, $17,250

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

In 1854, Half Dollars continued to show arrowheads on either side of the date, but the rays were removed from the reverse. The Philadelphia Mint produced nearly three million Half Dollars; the New Orleans Mint struck over five million Half Dollars; and the San Francisco Mint produced none (this newly opened Mint focused on gold coins in its first year).

While the mintage of the 1854 Half Dollar was small by modern standards, it was large for the time. However, type collectors add an increased level of demand that keep prices high for this date. Fortunately, collectors pulled aside an ample supply of Mint State examples, giving today's collectors lots of choices among a range of MS62's to MS64's. Gems are very rare and it is quite difficult to obtain exampels that are better than MS65. The strike on this date is generally good to above-average, but it is not unusual to find exampels with flatness on the high points or weakness in the radial lines of the stars.