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Obverse of 1853 Half Dime, Arrowheads at Date       Reverse of 1853 Half Dime, Arrowheads at Date


1853 DIME -
With Arrowheads at Date
(compare with 1853 Dime - No Arrowheads at Date)

PCGS Nos: 4603, 4742

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 12,078,010
Proofs: 
estimated 10

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 38 grains (2.5 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below DIME on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-68's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-61.

Recent appearances: 
PCGS MS-66.  Offered by North American Certified Trading in the October 22, 2001 issue of Coin World for $4,775.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 179, sold for $3,105.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1507, sold for $2,185.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 257, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" Sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6428, "PCGS MS-65".

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7251, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 180, sold for $1,207.50

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 140, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3055

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 595, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1508, unsold

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 258, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6938, illustrated, sold for $414.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 299, sold for $287.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 300, sold for $276.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 301, not plated, sold for $207.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 302, not plated, sold for $207.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

    

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

This image is from Superior Galleries' "pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, but it was used to illustrate Lot 3054 (a PCGS MS-66 1853 Dime without Arrowheads at Date)