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Obverse of 1853 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1853 Half Dollar


1853 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6275, 6405

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,532,708
Proofs: estimated 10

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

Diameter: ±30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±192 grains (±12.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Recent appearances:
1858 Arrows and Rays half dollar from the wreck of the S.S. Central America; perhaps EF in terms of wear, but one of the more attractive silver pieces from the wreckEx – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 917, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8384, illustrated, sold for $10,637.50

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 997, "Arrows and Rays", plated, sold for $2,472.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 469, "Arrows and Rays", illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

NGC MS-64, Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  
Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 998, "Arrows and Rays", plated , sold for $4,715.00

PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 286, sold for $8,337.50

MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 287, sold for $2,875.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 436, sold for $2,185.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5996, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6243, not illustrated, sold for $1150.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 96, plated, sold for $1,265.00  Purchased privately from Abner Kreisberg on July 9, 1965

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1302, sold for $977.50

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1709, sold for $862.00 (bought back by owner)

AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5633, not illustrated, sold for $891.25

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 413, not illustrated, sold for $500.25

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5995, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 719, not illustrated, sold for $460.00  Lot includes an old envelope from B. Max Mehl, lot 675 at a cost of $3.48

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 414, not illustrated, sold for $356.50

AU-50, Harshly Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5632, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

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