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In an effort to place U.S. coinage on the metric system, the Mint Act of February 12, 1873 introduced new weight standards for the Dime, Quarter, and Half Dollar. The weight of the Dime was increased from the 1853-1873 standard of 2.49 grams to 2.50 grams. To denote this change, the Mint added arrows to the Seated Dime in 1873 and 1874, as it had done earlier in 1853-1855. Breen (1988) comments that this change had little affect on the public's familiarity with the metric system, and, in any event, the weight change was so slight that the Mint continued to use old planchets after the passage of the Mint Act.
The premier proof of the 1873-1874 Arrows type, the 1873 has an original mintage of 800 pieces. Survivors, while not particularly rare in an absolute sense, are always in strong demand for type purposes.
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