Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 214,560
Catalog: KM-107
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.12 (7/24/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

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1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 107
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 65


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10/7/2003 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23102, 23102/Lot# 11461 $833.75
9/19/2005 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1722 $1,523.75
2/11/2009 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 2652, 2652/Lot# 1655 $345.00
6/17/2010 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 2321 $1,380.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4583 $13,055.43
2/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168226 $935.00
11/2/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10394 $240.00
1/6/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 4056 $4,817.50
4/27/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3531 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CC ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8479081028130319282740288533243447388542904817509355637258831599811507421810320554781756066
8679481120151121992788303133653593402044664909525061287610887011679173192522537309505670
00000030313365359340204466490952506128761088701167917319252253730900
00000031783406373941554641500154066693796394261337619565286404256300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 5563
Owner: jefother
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 2740
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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