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1855 50C Arrows (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6281
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
759,500
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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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 1,000 R-5.0 3 / 6 81 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 3 / 6 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 9 R-9.6 3 / 6 52 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 80
65 or Better 9
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 6
60 or Better 3 / 6
65 or Better 3 / 6
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 81 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 52 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
9 MS64+ estimated grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stacks/Bowers 8/2011:7050, $4,888

10 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#9 MS64+ estimated grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stacks/Bowers 8/2011:7050, $4,888

#10 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

1855 Half Dollars come only one way...With Arrows...and they are very popular as type coins, primarily because the With Arrows design was so short-lived. The purpose of the arrowheads was to indicate a reduction of the weight of the coins under the Coinage Act of 1853. The arrowheads made it very easy to visually separate the old coins from the new. The With Arrows coins effectively drove all the old silver coins out of circulation.

1855 Half Dollars are not rare overall, but they are semi-scarce in Mint State, where the typical grades are MS62 to MS64. Gems are very rare, especially in MS66, and anything better is exceedingly rare -- it they exist at all. Fully struck examples are almost impossible to find, as virtually every one we've seen has weakness (to some degree) on the stars on the right side of the obverse.