Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.43 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF obverse 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Thought the weight change which prompted the addition of arrowheads at the date for fractional silver coins came early in the year, it still bisected the mintage of halves, quarters and dimes into readily distinguishable entries. Some 600 silver-minor proof sets were coined by March 12, yet it's doubtful that more than half of these were actually sold before the new weight standard went into effect. The remaining coins were melted July 10, 1873 as obsolete.

The 1873 No Arrows proof half dollar does not seem to be especially rare, except in the higher grades. In this respect it is typical of the period. A fair number of Cameo proofs have been certified, along with an extremely small number of Ultra Cameo pieces.

All of this issue was coined with the Close 3, and it appears that new dies having the Open 3 were not ready before the arrowheads were mandated.

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 750 990 1430 2100 4150 5900 15750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1625 - - 9500 - -
1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1000 1350 1700 2500 6800 10000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 8250 - - -
1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8000 12250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------4727322917211---138
----------------131---5
--------------1-------1
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Total-----------4727332918242---144
 -----------3 %5 %19 %23 %20 %13 %17 %1 %--- 
1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------23671041---33
--------------2---11--4
---------------1------1
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Total------------238810421--38
 ------------5 %8 %21 %21 %26 %11 %5 %3 %-- 
1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
-----------------1----1
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-----------------1----1
Total---------------1-2----3
 ---------------33 %-67 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/3/1996 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 0855, 855/Lot# 1453 $2,106.00
1/12/2005 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 7399 $2,875.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 963 $1,638.75
2/28/2012 NGC PF 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3328 $718.75
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2250 $1,410.00
6/5/2013 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1186/Lot# 3504 $4,112.50
1/26/2014 NGC PF 67   Cameo Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1159 $12,338.00
6/22/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202673 $1,925.00
3/3/2016 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1233/Lot# 7432 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CL 3 NO 50C PF ARROWS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base100110331067110111371174121012481288132713681410150217492194266438384862636667251056115407
10121044107811131149118612231261130113411382144115841897235130554179536364868004121760
0000001223126113011341138214411584189723513055417953636486800400
0000001235127513141354139614711667204625073447452158656605928200
1873 CL 3 NO 50C PF ARROWS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base109211271163120012381276131613571398144114841528162618882358285340865157672570991123416363
11041139117512131251128913301371141214551499156117132045252332644443568068508477129440
0000001330137114121455149915611713204525233264444356806850847700
0000001343138414271470151315931801220126883675480062026974985600
1873 CL 3 NO 50C PF ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94197210051037107211071142117812161255129413331421165820872540367546696129647970679148
95198310161049108411191154119112291268130713621500180122382918400651566246667577610
0000001154119112291268130713621500180122382918400651566246667500
0000001166120312421281132013921579194423893297433856426362687100
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 8004
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 6366
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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