Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 214,560
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.19 (10/24/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Congress adjusted the amount of silver in the minor coinage in 1873, slightly raising the amount. This was signified by two small arrowheads on either side of the date. Curiously, this action noted a decrease in silver in 1853, but who would remember? The standard weight of the half dollar was changed from 192 grains to 192.9 grains. At that time, this tiny change represented a quarter of a cent in value added to each half dollar. The change was not value oriented, however, but was intended to introduce the metric system to our coinage. This was not the first, nor the last time the Metric system was governmentally imposed on the American people, with similar success to the circulation of the Eisenhower, Anthony and Sacagawea dollar coins.

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1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 350 425 635 1275 2700 3750 4300 5500 6850 8750 10250 13000 24750 33750 57500 82500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 37000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 65


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9/19/2005 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1722 $1,523.75
1/3/2006 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3195 $14,950.00
4/27/2011 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10645 $253.00
2/28/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3333 $2,702.50
4/8/2012 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 1955 $260.00
11/15/2013 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34599 $544.03
6/1/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 197009 $968.00
11/2/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10394 $240.00
10/4/2015 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23169 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CC 50C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8479081028130319282740288533243447388542904817509355637258831599811507421810320554781756066
8679481120151121992788303133653593402044664909525061287610887011679173192522537309505670
00000030313365359340204466490952506128761088701167917319252253730900
00000031783406373941554641500154066693796394261337619565286404256300
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2740
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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