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Obverse of 1854 Half Dollar, Arrowheads at Date     Reverse of 1854 Half Dollar, Arrowheads at Date
 


1854 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6279, 6407

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,982,000
Proofs: estimated 30

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, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 440 @$5,175.00
 
PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" Sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6554.

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6244, not illustrated, sold for $1667.50

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5998, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6251, not plated, sold for $1,265.00   From the Alex Highland Collection

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 441 @$747.50

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5997, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-66's.

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

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