Sylvia S. writes: I have an 1854 half dollar coin and I am trying to find information about it and its value. On the front is a person sitting on a rock with stars surrounding it. It also has arrows on either side of 1854. On the back is an eagle with arrows in his feet. I recently came across this coin. What can you tell me about it? Thank You!
Your coin is a United States Seated Liberty half dollar with Arrows at date. This particular design was minted for only 2 years, 1854 and 1855. You can see extensive historical information about all Seated Liberty half dollars at the CoinSite’s History of U.S. Coins. The value of your coin depends very much on grade (condition). 1854 Seated Half dollars bring from $15 – $600+ depending on actual grade.
For a discussion on grading characteristics see the FAQ and the article on U.S. Coin Grading.
To see images of exceptional Seated Liberty Half dollars see Exceptional Coins.