1853 H10C No Arrows (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
4351
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.34 grams
Mintage:
135,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major 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 350 R-6.3 16 / 36 TIE 32 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 137 R-7.6 21 / 36 41 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 18 / 36 TIE 39 / 79 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 350
60 or Better 137
65 or Better 25
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.3
60 or Better R-7.6
65 or Better R-9.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 16 / 36 TIE
60 or Better 21 / 36
65 or Better 18 / 36 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 32 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 41 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 39 / 79 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The total mintage for all 1853 Half Dimes was over 13 million pieces, an enormous increase over any previous year. The reason for this increase was a change in the laws that reduced the weight of the Half Dimes. This meant that all of the old silver coins still in circulation were worth more than their face value, thus they needed to be recalled and reminted at the new, lower weight. To denote the weight change, the Mint added arrows on either side of the date, making it easy for anyone to quickly identify the new coins versus the old. However, before this change was made, a very small number of 1853 Half Dimes were minted using the old standard and, of course, without the arrows at the date. The official mintage for the No Arrows 1853 Half Dime stands at 135,000, less than one-tenth the mintage of the 1853 With Arrows. This gives the 1853 No Arrows Half Dime the second lowest mintage of any Seated Liberty Half Dime date, regardless of the originating mint -- only the1847 has a smaller mintage. This low mintage does not translate directly into a high value, however, because sufficient numbers survived (saved by collectors?) to keep the pricing at a reasonable level. In my opinion, this is one of the best values in the Half Dime series.

Mint State 1853 No Arrows Half Dimes are scarce, but not rare, and they usually appear in MS63, followed by MS64. Gems are very rare, though about a dozen MS65 and MS66 examples (combined) exist. The finest example is a single PCGS MS68.