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Lot 825

1853 Liberty Seated Half Dime. Arrows. NGC graded MS-66. Old holder. Well struck with exquisitely beautiful toning on both sides. A spot-free dazzler whose mint luster and multicolor patina shames just about any lesser Mint State silver coin of this year. Pop 48; 17 in MS-67.

The Act of February 21, 1853, reduced the weight of the denominations from the half dime to the half dollar, thus making new issues unattractive to melters. To signify the change the new coins had arrows added to the date (and for the quarter and half dollar, rays on the reverse). The rays were discontinued after 1853, and the arrows after 1855. The Liberty Seated dollar was not affected by the legislation, since nearly all pieces had been made for export purposes.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,800.

Realized $2,473

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