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: $5.63 (7/16/2019)
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

The addition of arrowheads at the date starting April 1, 1873 to denote a slight increase in weight had the effect of dividing production of the 1873-CC half dollars into two major varieties. Thus, coins that would have been scarce to begin with were made more so by reducing each variety's total. Since the No Arrows halves were technically obsolete, many were destroyed at the mint, making this second edition the more available of the two. Even so, examples are scarce to rare across all grades. Mint State coins are very rare and highly prized.

The Carson City Mint received six new obverse dies with arrowheads on March 31, one day before the new coins could be issued. No reverse dies were shipped, as enough were on hand already.

Six die marriages are known of the 1873-CC Arrows half dollar, these comprised of five obverse dies and two reverses. Three of the marriages used a prolific Large CC reverse die that is also seen on Carson City halves dated 1871, 1872 and 1876! The other three marriages feature the newer style Small CC, and the two sizes appear to be about equal in rarity. All 1873-CC half dollars were coined with a collar having 154 reeds, so the addition of a CC mintmark to a Philadelphia coin is easily detected by comparing edges.

One of the Large CC die pairings displays a misplaced date, with multiple extra numerals punched into either the denticles or the border. On a common date coin, this variety would be eagerly sought, but the value of all 1873-CC half dollars is high enough to discourage collecting by varieties.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 470 600 785 1750 2700 3750 4300 6400 6875 9375 10000 11900 24750 33500 57500 82500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 37000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1117851912163587-22252-----124
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Total1117851912163587-22352-----125
 9 %14 %6 %4 %15 %10 %13 %2 %4 %6 %6 %-2 %2 %2 %4 %2 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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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
12/13/2009 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2783, 2783/Lot# 1755 $345.00
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1741 $4,406.25
1/20/2013 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131305/Lot# 22782 $182.13
2/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168226 $935.00
7/6/2014 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131428/Lot# 24449 $282.00
11/2/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10394 $240.00
1/3/2016 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131602/Lot# 23882 $211.50


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
 
Grade: G 4
Points: 908
Owner: 123cents
 
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