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: $6.38 (10/20/2019)
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: 4/15/2019

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1873 ARROWS 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1020 1280 1500 2800 4300 11000 32000 - - - -
1873 ARROWS 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2950 5250 18500 36000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3350 - - - - -
1873 ARROWS 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 62500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 142
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1873 ARROWS 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------17143338158----116
-----------------3----3
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Total-----------171433381511----119
 -----------1 %6 %12 %28 %32 %13 %9 %---- 
1873 ARROWS 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------126574----25
--------------1-------1
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-----------------2----2
Total------------127576----28
 ------------4 %7 %25 %18 %25 %21 %---- 
1873 ARROWS 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
 ------------------100 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1269 $1,610.00
10/18/2009 NGC PF 65   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2759, 2759/Lot# 2049 $10,580.00
2/28/2012 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3331 $7,791.25
2/9/2014 PCGS PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 608 $3,550.00
3/30/2014 PCGS PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164803 $1,279.30
2/26/2015 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1218/Lot# 3838 $3,290.00
1/6/2016 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(1), 1231/Lot# 3252 $9,400.00
7/12/2018 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1277/Lot# 3659 $2,040.00
4/25/2019 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1294/Lot# 3559 $6,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 50C PF ARROWS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base171917681818187119231976203120882144220222622323252227352960385266588929939098681066913464
173517851836188819411994205021072163222222822389259328103257478774159083954910135116010
00000020502107216322222282238925932810325747877415908395491013500
00000020692125218322422303245626642885355557238172923697091040200
1873 50C PF ARROWS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1856190819622016207221292187224523062367243024942705292831654100702993909868103641338818711
1873192619802035209121482206226523262388245125642779300734775076781695491003311372151620
000000220622652326238824512564277930073477507678169549100331137200
000000222622862347240924732635285430863788605386039709101991238000
1873 50C PF ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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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