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

1854-O H10C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
4359
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,560,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,200 • 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 300 R-6.4 2 / 6 22 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 75 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
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:6146, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98174, $18,800

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:6146, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98174, $18,800

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2011:3240, $3,335

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Production of Half Dimes at the New Orleans Mint dropped more than 40% in 1854 to a still-respectable 1,560,000 coins.  Not surprisingly, the number of certified 1854-O Half Dimes is 43% less than the number of certified 1853-O Half Dimes.  Most of the 1854-O Half Dimes went into circulation, but there are at least a couple hundred Mint State survivors that collectors saved for posterity. 

As usual, quality control at the New Orleans Mint was sub-par, and many of the 1854-O Half Dimes sport a weak strike, especially at the denticles.  It is highly unlikely that a fully struck 1854-O Half Dime exists at all.  The best example is a single PCGS MS67.