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The Mint Act of February 12, 1873 lowered the weight of the Quarter from 6.22 grams to 6.25 grams. To denote this change, arrows were added to the obverse at both sides of the date, a practice that continued through the following year. The Carson City Mint produced only one issue of the Arrows, Motto type, the 1873-CC. Just 12,462 coins were produced, many of which wore down quickly and/or became porous in circulation because the early Carson City Mint used pure silver planchets instead of more durable planchets composed of a 90% silver, 10% copper alloy. What's more, there were virtually no collectors on the frontier during the 1870s, and few, if any 1873-CC Arrows Seated Quarters were deliberately preserved. All 1873-CC Arrows Quarters were struck from a single die marriage. The reverse is the same that the Mint used to produce the 1870-CC, 1871-CC, and 1872-CC deliveries, and it is identifiable by a small die scratch (as produced) within the upper opening of the F in OF.
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