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Lot 1243

Tied For Finest Known 1855 Arrows Seated Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-66. Even and subtle champagne and silver surfaces with a satiny texture. Fully struck with outstanding hair and feather detail. Rich luster swirls over surfaces spared any sharp abrasions and original die polish lines are seen running from 11:00 to 4:00 on the obverse. A short, shallow scuff is noted right of stars 1-2 and a single reed mark is left of star 13. After the Arrows and Rays issue produced in 1853, Mint Director Snowden decided to change the design in 1854, keeping the arrows at the date but removing the rays from around the eagle. Breen noted that the combination of increased time of production, the cost of die sinking and the reduced die life were all factors in Snowden's decision to remove the rays in the new issues of 1854. Struck from 1854-1855, the With Arrows, No Motto Seated half dollars were produced at Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco. The issues of this type produced at the Philadelphia Mint are seen in gem condition much less frequently than those produced at New Orleans. In fact, the 1855 is second only to the 1855-S with regards to conditional rarity. An exciting opportunity to acquire one of the finest and most elusive issues of the short lived With Arrows, No Motto half dollar series! NGC has currently graded only 3 in MS66 and not a single example finer.
Estimated Value $8,000 - 10,000.

Realized $8,050

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