Expert Comments

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.

30.00 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 3 / 6 81 / 126 TIE
All Grades 80 R-8.2 3 / 6 71 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 9 R-9.6 3 / 6 52 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade