Feedback

X

Leave Comment

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

1853 50C Arrows and Rays (Proof)

View All Coin Images

PCGS PR65

PCGS PR64

PCGS PR63
PCGS #:
6405
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$228,000 • PCGS PR65 • 8-19-2018 • Heritage Auctions
Show Plus Grades Hide eBay
60
30,000
60
61
35,000
61
62
47,500
62
62+
57,000
62+
63
95,000
2
63
63+
105,000
63+
64
135,000
2
64
64+
175,000
64+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 4 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 4 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 1 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:1234 - Charles Steigerwalt - William H. Woodin - Waldo C. Newcomer Collection - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - Major Lenox R. Lohr Collection - Stack's 10/1956:753 - Heritage 1/2012:3252, $184,000

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3159 - Kaufman Collection - Heritage 8/2007:1786, $149,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5667, $135,125

1 PR65 estimated grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade
4 PR64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:1234 - Charles Steigerwalt - William H. Woodin - Waldo C. Newcomer Collection - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - Major Lenox R. Lohr Collection - Stack's 10/1956:753 - Heritage 1/2012:3252, $184,000

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3159 - Kaufman Collection - Heritage 8/2007:1786, $149,500 - Heritage 1/2013:5667, $135,125

1 PR65 estimated grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade
4 PR64 PCGS grade  
6 PR63 PCGS grade
6 PR63 PCGS grade  
6 PR63 PCGS grade  
9 PR62 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The Proof 1853 Half Dollar with Arrows and Rays is an extemely rare coin and one which enjoys incredible demand from type collectors who need this one-year type.  Depending on who builds the roster, there are between five and six examples known, with a few more that are either reappearances of these or they are additional examples.  Quality varies, depending in part on planchet preparation -- for instance, the Norweb example (now NGC PR66) has been called a one-sided Proof because the reverse appears satiny.  Other examples are convincing as full Proofs.

Auction records show this is a solid, six-figure coin at the high end.  The auction record for this date is $184,000 (realized in 2012 by a PCGS PR65).