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Obverse of 1853-O Half Dollar - No Arrowheads at Date, No Rays on reverse     Reverse of 1853-O Half Dollar - No Arrowheads at Date, No Rays on reverse

(see also 1853-O Half Dollar - Arrowheads at Date, Rays on Reverse)



Circulation strikes: none reported, 3 known
Proofs: 0

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 206 grains (13.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Stack's

No mint records exist for the 1853-O No Arrowheads and Rays Half Dollar.  Were a quantity of these minted then destroyed or were a few struck for presentation purposes?

In the April 2003 "Population Report", PCGS listed only one 1853-O No Arrowheads Half Dollar - a single "VG-VF".  However, in the April 2004 "Population Report", PCGS claims to have graded 3 examples, but lists only 2, both in MS-62!

NGC has graded only one 1853-O No Arrowheads Half Dollar - a single VF example.

Known examples (3):
Very Fine (illustrated above).  201 grains.  H.P. Newlin - J. Colvin Randall - William Elliot Woodward, 06/1885:421 - Haseltine? - Garrett collection - B&R 11/1979:339 - David Queller - Stack's 10/2002:530, $161,000

Very Good.  202 grains.  Exhibited by H.O. Granberg at the 1911 American Numismatic Association convention - William H. Woodin - Waldo Newcomer - Colonel E.H.R. Green (via B. Max Mehl) - Charles M. Williams - Abe Kosoff's sale of the Adolphe Menjou collection, 1950:1084 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s sale of the Eliasberg collection, Lot 1955.

Good.  200 grains.  Ex - S.H. & H. Chapman's sale of the Colin King collection, 04/1892:854 - Colonel E.H.R. Green - Stack's sale of the Anderson-Dupont collection, 1954 - Stack's sale of the Empire collection, 1957 - Stack's sale of the Cox collection, 1962 - Stack's sale of the E. Yale Clarke collection, 1975

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"NGC Census Report" online,, June 23, 2004