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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1853 H10C No Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
4351
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.34 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
135,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$27,025 • PCGS MS68 • 12-15-2016 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail 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  

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.