Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 122,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CC NO ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 CC NO ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

These half dollars all were coined before April 1, 1873, when the new weight standard (denoted by arrowheads at either side of the date) went into effect. This issue is scarce in all grades, becoming progressively more rare in grades VF and higher. Mint State examples are quite rare, though some outstanding pieces have been certified.

The dies for the 1873-CC No Arrows half dollars were received November 9, 1872, and the next shipment did not occur until the arrowheads were applied. Of the four obverse dies sent to Carson City without arrowheads, only two have been identified on the coins. That western mint had plenty of reverse dies leftover from previous years and requested no additional ones. The one reverse used for the No Arrows halves features a Small CC mintmark not seen previously, and this was likely from the 1872 shipment of reverse dies that were not used until 1873.

All 1873-CC half dollars of both major varieties have 154 reeds. Once again, this readily distinguishes them from Philadelphia coins to which a CC mintmark may be added, serving as a useful authentication tool.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1873 CC NO ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 575 900 1380 2550 3600 6250 7500 10000 11750 12700 14500 20000 32500 51500 91000 110000 137500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 60
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67

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, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1873 CC NO ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4105214361233112-1-11---60
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Total4105214361233112-1-11---60
 7 %17 %8 %3 %23 %5 %10 %2 %3 %5 %5 %2 %2 %3 %-2 %-2 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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10/27/1997 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 0992, 992/Lot# 1543 $228.90
4/24/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2203 $1,880.00
7/14/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 128167 $1,672.00
9/14/2014 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131438/Lot# 27195 $1,586.25
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10392 $1,002.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 434 $1,762.50
10/18/2015 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131543/Lot# 27354 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CC NO 50C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92599012391886233529853194383442025264546655635747682086019789111722229033511510547874590592
947107314552036255230553407395745565331549856246105741489971025014878260303935960284826940
000000340739574556533154985624610574148997102501487826030393596028400
000000362140794910539955315686646280079393107111858429771452066951500
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 2335
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
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