Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 550
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.88 (10/20/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 50C PF obverse 1873 ARROWS 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Among the least significant aspects of the Mint Act of 1873 was an extremely small increase in the weight of the fractional silver coins. This was a meaningless gesture toward acceptance of the Metric System of measurement by raising the half dollar's weight to exactly 12.5 grams and those of its divisions in proportion. As in 1853-55 the Mint denoted this change with the addition of opposed arrowheads at either side of the date.

Though Walter Breen's proof encyclopedia repeats Harry X Boosel's figure of 550 proof half dollars with arrows, the Red Book's mintage of 800 is probably more accurate, at least with respect to the number coined versus the number actually sold. Though comparable in rarity to other proof half dollars of the period, this edition is more highly sought as a two-year-only subtype. A fair number of Cameo pieces have been certified, but Ultra Cameo proofs are quite rare.

The arrowheads are smaller than those used 1853-55, though in a relative sense the 1873 proofs have the larger of two sizes seen during 1873-74. All of the proofs are of this variety, while those of 1874 have the smaller arrowheads.

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Last Updated: 5/8/2020

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1873 ARROWS 50C PF
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1873 ARROWS 50C PF CA
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1873 ARROWS 50C PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 145
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1873 ARROWS 50C PF
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Base-----------16143437178--1-118
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Total-----------161434381711--1-122
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1873 ARROWS 50C PF CA
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Base------------226574----26
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Total------------227576----29
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1873 ARROWS 50C PF UC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 50C PF CA
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Base171917681818187119231976203120882144220222622323252227352960385266588929939098681066913464
173517851836188819411994205021072163222222822389259328103257478774159083954910135116010
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00000020692125218322422303245626642885355557238172923697091040200
1873 ARROWS 50C PF UC
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Base1856190819622016207221292187224523062367243024942705292831654100702993909868103641338818711
1873192619802035209121482206226523262388245125642779300734775076781695491003311372151620
000000220622652326238824512564277930073477507678169549100331137200
000000222622862347240924732635285430863788605386039709101991238000
1873 ARROWS 50C PF
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Base1231127013091349139014331476152115651612165817071799208728073486561081539756102481107113942
124412831322136314041447149115361581162716741738189523273033419464588687992010522120280
00000014911536158116271674173818952327303341946458868799201052200
000000150615501596164316911768199125673260490273059222100841079700
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Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 8929
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 8929
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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