Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 214,560
Catalog: KM-107
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.04 (4/23/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Congress adjusted the amount of silver in the minor coinage in 1873, slightly raising the amount. This was signified by two small arrowheads on either side of the date. Curiously, this action noted a decrease in silver in 1853, but who would remember? The standard weight of the half dollar was changed from 192 grains to 192.9 grains. At that time, this tiny change represented a quarter of a cent in value added to each half dollar. The change was not value oriented, however, but was intended to introduce the metric system to our coinage. This was not the first, nor the last time the Metric system was governmentally imposed on the American people, with similar success to the circulation of the Eisenhower, Anthony and Sacagawea dollar coins.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 350 425 625 1200 2375 2375 3650 3950 5500 6500 8500 9700 12000 23500 33000 59000 76500 - - - -
$ 2600 4050 4250 6000 7250 9250 10500 13000 25500 41500 65000 82500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 93
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 65


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5/31/2001 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 8388 $2,185.00
8/6/2001 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2001 Atlanta, GA Signature Sale #267, 267/Lot# 6184 $1,955.00
5/28/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2945 $23,000.00
12/3/2009 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 7838 $468.05
2/26/2012 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3231, 3231/Lot# 1649 $210.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4583 $13,055.43
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4224 $25,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13515757741271204822332401288031493502371240804817551564378338150742181032055478171
11742564193915302109228925602969326635723834432550495822707010583173192522537309478170
00000022892560296932663572383443255049582270701058317319252253730900
00000023452720305933843642395745715282612977041282819564286404256300
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2048
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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