Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1854-O Half Dollar had the largest mintage of any of the With Arrows type.  In fact, the mintage of the 1854-O Half Dollar was the largest the series had seen since 1836.  Thus, in terms of value, this date is very affordable in most grades and it offers a lot of "coin" for the money.  Mint State examples are fairly plentiful and can be obtained in MS62 to MS64 with ease.  Even MS65 and MS66 examples are available in sufficient quantities to meet most collector demand.  Above MS66, all bets are off -- this is a very tough date in Superb grades and it is a true condition-rarity in MS67.

Occasionally, 1854-O Half Dollars suffer from an insufficent strike, but strongly-struck examples also exist.  

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
5240000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
233
Pop Lower
755
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 5000 R-4.0 6 / 6 125 / 126
All Grades 400 R-6.2 6 / 6 118 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 6 / 6 89 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 1/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6//2014:30499, $44,062.50 (c) - “Jim O’Neal Type Set” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 estimated grade

Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Goldbergs 2/2007:1443, $68,425

1 MS67 estimated grade
5 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade