Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 122,500
Catalog: KM-99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.27 (8/29/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CC NO ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 CC NO ARROWS 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1873-CC No Arrows is the first of two half dollars produced at the Carson City Mint this year. Federal records state that 122,500 coins were produced, a total that is similar to that of the 1871-CC (153,950 coins). While the latter issue owes its rarity to widespread circulation, most 1873-CC No Arrows never found their way into the channels of commerce. The passage of the Mint Act of February 12, 1873 forced the Carson City Mint to melt most of these coins, with the bullion being used to produce 1873-CC With Arrows halves. Today, the 1873-CC No Arrows is an elusive coin in all grades. In fact, Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert (1993) rank the 1873-CC No Arrows as the seventh rarest issue out of the 122 dates in the Seated half dollar series. Most survivors fall into the Good-Very Fine grade range, and it is unlikely that more than six Mint State coins are extant. The rarity of this issue in Mint State is such that John Jay Pittman's representative was graded VG by Akers (5/98), and the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers & Merena, 4/97) offered an AU coin as lot 2023.

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Total Graded: 48
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67

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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CC NO ARROWS 50C MS
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 2335
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
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