Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 587,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.02 (9/23/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The first half dollar coinage of 1873 at the Philadelphia Mint consisted of coins lacking the opposed arrow heads at the date which would characterize most of this year's silver coins. That feature was added fairly early on, resulting in a lower mintage for the No Arrows issue, particularly since many of the coins already struck were withheld from release and subsequently melted as obsolete. Examples are scarce across all grades, becoming genuinely rare at the Mint State level.

Most of the No Arrows halves were coined with the original date punch of 1873 on which the knobs of numeral 3 were so close together as to resemble an 8. When the chief coiner complained about this feature for all denominations, the existing punches were cut away to make the knobs smaller and thus more distant from one another. This correction was made just before the addition of arrowheads at the date, and the variety of No Arrows half dollar having the Open 3 is very rare.

A total of seven die marriages are known for all 1873(P) No Arrows half dollars, these from seven obverse dies and five reverses. Six of these pairings feature the Close 3 seen here. Three obverse varieties are known---two repunched dates (WB-104, also VP-002, WB-105) and a misplaced date (WB-103) showing the top of a numeral eight within the denticles.

Two collars are known for 1873(P) half dollars of all varieties, these having either 144 or 145 reeds.

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Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS
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Base $ 58.00 90.00 105 135 235 340 415 450 905 975 1060 1330 1680 2500 7750 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 98
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS
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Base-5311591545914-14363-----97
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Total-5311591545914-14363-----97
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1471632302724236747058659491028128414771634182122332614453952777998122761906523309
152185244322507684758893975111313481529169619582360325647856184942414539204800
00000075889397511131348152916961958236032564785618494241453900
0000008129211002119914131582175920962487389750317091108501680200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2614
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 423
Owner: 123cents
 
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