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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1853 50C Arrows and Rays (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6275
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3,532,708
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$94,000 • PCGS MS66+ • 7-17-2015 • Stack's Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 6,000 R-3.8 2 / 2 126 / 126
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 2 / 2 125 / 126
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 2 / 2 83 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6436, $76,375

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Ed Hipps, sold privately in 1979 for $25,000 - Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5179, $94,000

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98471 - Heritage 1/2016:5370, $44,650

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6436, $76,375

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Ed Hipps, sold privately in 1979 for $25,000 - Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:5179, $94,000

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98471 - Heritage 1/2016:5370, $44,650

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2017:237, $67,562.50 - D.L. Hansen Collection

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2014:5584, $42,593.75

6 MS66 PCGS grade

"High Desert" Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Richard Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:1794, $46,000 - Heritage 1/2008:2878 - Jim O'Neal Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4272, $76,375

6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1853, the American Congress passed a Coinage Act that reduced the weights of the Half Dimes, Dimes, Quarter Dollars, and Half Dollars to correct the imbalance in the prices of gold and silver.  To make the change obvious, arrowheads were placed on either side of the date and rays were placed throughout the reverse.  Production of the new Half Dollars ballooned in 1853 to over 3.5 million coins -- a level unseen since ten years earlier.  The New Orleans mint contributed another 1.3+ million coins.  With the rays on the reverse, this became a one-year type coin (from 1854 to 1855, the rays were removed but the arrowheads remained).  This date is very plentiful in most Mint State grades, but type collectors keep the price higher than usual.  Numerous Gem examples remain, but Superb examples (those MS66 and better) are very scarce.