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1855-S 50C Arrows (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
6284
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
129,950
Mint:
San Francisco
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
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 500 R-6.0 2 / 6 36 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 6 3 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 6 1 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 2
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 6
60 or Better 1 / 6
65 or Better 1 / 6
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 36 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ estimated grade

Lester Merkin (date unknown) - William Mitkoff, sold privately on 5/23/1973 - James Bennet Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:151 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7052, $115,000

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/1988:165 - Superior “Lee and Shaffer Collections” 9/1988:4458 - Superior “Boys Town” 5/1990:3807 - American Numismatic Rarities “Kennywood Collection” 1/2005:560 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98496, $41,125) - Heritage 4/2015:5086, $49,350

3 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2017:3978, $58,750

3 MS62 estimated grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:7166, $16,100

5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 estimated grade
9 AU55 PCGS grade
9 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ estimated grade

Lester Merkin (date unknown) - William Mitkoff, sold privately on 5/23/1973 - James Bennet Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:151 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7052, $115,000

#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/1988:165 - Superior “Lee and Shaffer Collections” 9/1988:4458 - Superior “Boys Town” 5/1990:3807 - American Numismatic Rarities “Kennywood Collection” 1/2005:560 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98496, $41,125) - Heritage 4/2015:5086, $49,350

#3 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2017:3978, $58,750

#3 MS62 estimated grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:7166, $16,100

#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 estimated grade
#9 AU55 PCGS grade
#9 AU55 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1855-S Half Dollar is the only date of the 1853-1855 era that was struck with arrowheads to indicate the reduction in the weights of most U.S. silver coins under the Coinage Act of 1853. The 1955-S Half Dollar is an inherently rare date thanks to a small mintage, and it is especially elusive in Mint State. Only three Mint State examples have appeared on the market in recent years: the NGC MS67 from the Pryor and Osburn Collections; the PCGS MS64 from the Gardner Collection; and the PCGS MS62 now in the Hansen Collection. Even AU examples are pricey because they are also very rare and hard to find.