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

1855-S 50C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
6284
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
129,950
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$115,000 • NGC MS67 • 8-18-2011 • Stack's Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 500 R-6.0 2 / 6 36 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 6 3 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 6 1 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ estimated grade  

Lester Merkin (date unknown) - William Mitkoff, sold privately on 5/23/1973 - James Bennet Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:151 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7052, $115,000

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/1988:165 - Superior “Lee and Shaffer Collections” 9/1988:4458 - Superior “Boys Town” 5/1990:3807 - American Numismatic Rarities “Kennywood Collection” 1/2005:560 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98496, $41,125) - Heritage 4/2015:5086, $49,350

3 MS62 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2017:3978, $58,750

3 MS62 estimated grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:7166, $16,100

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

Lester Merkin (date unknown) - William Mitkoff, sold privately on 5/23/1973 - James Bennet Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:151 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7052, $115,000

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/1988:165 - Superior “Lee and Shaffer Collections” 9/1988:4458 - Superior “Boys Town” 5/1990:3807 - American Numismatic Rarities “Kennywood Collection” 1/2005:560 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98496, $41,125) - Heritage 4/2015:5086, $49,350

3 MS62 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2017:3978, $58,750

3 MS62 estimated grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:7166, $16,100

5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 estimated grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1855-S Half Dollar is the only date of the 1853-1855 era that was struck with arrowheads to indicate the reduction in the weights of most U.S. silver coins under the Coinage Act of 1853. The 1955-S Half Dollar is an inherently rare date thanks to a small mintage, and it is especially elusive in Mint State.  Only three Mint State examples have appeared on the market in recent years: the NGC MS67 from the Pryor and Osburn Collections; the PCGS MS64 from the Gardner Collection; and the PCGS MS62 now in the Hansen Collection.  Even AU examples are pricey because they are also very rare and hard to find.