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

1855 50C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6281
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
759,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$54,625 • PCGS MS66 • 11-3-2010 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 3 / 6 81 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 3 / 6 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 9 R-9.6 3 / 6 52 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
9 MS64+ estimated grade  

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stacks/Bowers 8/2011:7050, $4,888

10 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1855 Half Dollars come only one way...With Arrows...and they are very popular as type coins, primarily because the With Arrows design was so short-lived.  The purpose of the arrowheads was to indicate a reduction of the weight of the coins under the Coinage Act of 1853.  The arrowheads made it very easy to visually separate the old coins from the new.  The With Arrows coins effectively drove all the old silver coins out of circulation.

1855 Half Dollars are not rare overall, but they are semi-scarce in Mint State, where the typical grades are MS62 to MS64.  Gems are very rare, especially in MS66, and anything better is exceedingly rare -- it they exist at all.  Fully struck examples are almost impossible to find, as virtually every one we've seen has weakness (to some degree) on the stars on the right side of the obverse.