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: $5.66 (7/2/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 273
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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3/11/1998 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1031, 1031/Lot# 1481 $414.20
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2786 $1,265.00
10/13/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8556 $350.75
2/22/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7205 $235.00
7/7/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 201 $75.00
5/19/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20291 $411.25
9/7/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 197633 $650.00
2/22/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131509/Lot# 21261 $202.10


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