PCGS 6275 - 1853 50C Arrows and Rays

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This issue is common for the type but is priced slightly higher than later dates in the 1850's. This "with arrows and rays" variety was struck 1853 only. Arrows were added to the date 1853-55 to indicate a reduction in weight, from 13.36 g to 12.44 g.

Recorded mintage: 3,532,708.

Specification: 12.44 g, .900 fine silver, .360 troy oz ASW, reeded edge, designed by Christian Gobrecht.

Catalog reference: KM 79.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Wiley, Randy, and Bill Bugert, The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Virginia Beach, VA: DLRC Press, 1993.
  • Yeoman, R. S., and Kenneth Bressett (ed.), A Guide Book of United States Coins, 59th Ed., Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, 2005.

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