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

1854 50C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6279
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,982,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$29,900 • PCGS MS66 • 7-1-2008 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 4 / 6 114 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 4 / 6 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 4 / 6 63 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7046, $17,825

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3127, $13,512.50

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

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7046, $17,825

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3127, $13,512.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: In 1854, Half Dollars continued to show arrowheads on either side of the date, but the rays were removed from the reverse.  The Philadelphia Mint produced nearly three million Half Dollars; the New Orleans Mint struck over five million Half Dollars; and the San Francisco Mint produced none (this newly opened Mint focused on gold coins in its first year).  

While the mintage of the 1854 Half Dollar was small by modern standards, it was large for the time.  However, type collectors add an increased level of demand that keep prices high for this date.  Fortunately, collectors pulled aside an ample supply of Mint State examples, giving today's collectors lots of choices among a range of MS62's to MS64's.  Gems are very rare and it is quite difficult to obtain exampels that are better than MS65.  The strike on this date is generally good to above-average, but it is not unusual to find exampels with flatness on the high points or weakness in the radial lines of the stars.