Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,815,150
Catalog: KM-107
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.37 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The year 1873 was a seminal one in U.S. numismatics. Henry R. Linderman began his second term as Mint director, serving until 1878. The Latin Monetary Union, comprising France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland, adopted a gold standard. The 'Crime of '73' legislated the two cent piece, trime, and silver half dime out of existence, omitted the Seated Liberty silver dollar from the list of authorized coins, introduced the Trade dollar, and increased the weight of minor silver coinage. The half dollar's weight increased from 12.44 gm to 12.50 gm of .900 fine silver. The Trade dollar contained 27.22 gm of .900 fine silver--an excess of nearly 9% compared with the silver content of two half dollars--ensuring that it would not circulate domestically.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1873 ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 50.00 62.00 110 280 280 450 480 550 730 975 1200 1550 1950 3950 17250 35000 - - - -
$ 310 490 525 600 800 1075 1325 1700 2150 4500 19000 38500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 264
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7782


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4/7/2001 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Bullet Sale #257, 257/Lot# 576 $138.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 736 $2,990.00
11/29/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 November Dallas Signature Coin Auction #420, 420/Lot# 834 $3,478.75
2/4/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 218, 224/Lot# 565 $287.50
1/30/2011 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3004, 3004/Lot# 1986 $149.50
8/14/2011 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/14/2011, 131/Lot# 14916 $39.33
12/2/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131250/Lot# 28217 $141.00
2/22/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7205 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18594147255551705838102711381289138115831799219728346007695113034205103258452213
298811118335360274990110641188131914481655193124093891632189781552624534391270
0000007499011064118813191448165519312409389163218978155262453400
00000079396411011238135015151727206426214949663611006180182855900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2079
Owner: jacmitch
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2079
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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