Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 214,200
Catalog: KM-99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.67 (12/25/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

While the mintage of 214,200 pieces is unimpressive, the survivorship of the Open 3, No Arrows halves is exceptionally low. To understand why, think of this date as being struck in three different periods. First, the Closed 3 coins were produced. Second, the Open 3 halves were struck after it was discovered that the 3 in the date more closely resembled an 8 than a 3. It was during this period that this coin was minted. Third, the weight was slightly altered and arrows placed on each side of the date to signify the change. An unknown but apparently large percentage of the mintage was melted in order to produce the With Arrows coins, thus creating a No Arrows rarity.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS
Base $ 3250 4150 5850 6650 9500 9500 12500 14000 19500 32000 28130 37500 47500 72500 - - - - - - -
$ 10500 13750 15500 22000 35000 30400 41000 52500 78500 - - - - -
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Total Graded: 17
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 61

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12/8/2011 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(1), 1162/Lot# 3622 $6,037.50
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