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

1853-O H10C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
4357
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,200,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$29,900 • PCGS MS67 • 11-4-2004 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400 R-6.2 3 / 6 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 1 / 6 TIE 23 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 1 / 6 TIE 28 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1853-O With Arrows Half Dime has a much lower mintage than its counterpart from the Philadelphia Mint, but the mintage is substantially larger than that of the 1853-O Without Arrows.  The main reason for the larger mintage is the feverish pace at which old, heavier silver coins were being brought to the Mint to be converted into new, lower weight coins.  The grade distribution of this date is nearly identical to that of the 1853-O Without Arrows, which indicates that collectors did not save the 1853-O With Arrows Half Dime in proportion to its mintage. 

High grade 1853-O With Arrows Half Dimes are scarce in high grade, especially above MS65.  Superb examples can be counted on one hand, and the best example known today is a single PCGS MS67.