Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 214,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.25 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

While the mintage of 214,200 pieces is unimpressive, the survivorship of the Open 3, No Arrows halves is exceptionally low. To understand why, think of this date as being struck in three different periods. First, the Closed 3 coins were produced. Second, the Open 3 halves were struck after it was discovered that the 3 in the date more closely resembled an 8 than a 3. It was during this period that this coin was minted. Third, the weight was slightly altered and arrows placed on each side of the date to signify the change. An unknown but apparently large percentage of the mintage was melted in order to produce the With Arrows coins, thus creating a No Arrows rarity.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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Total Graded: 14
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 58

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9/17/2003 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 7081 $2,300.00
9/19/2005 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1721 $3,910.00
1/3/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(2), 1166/Lot# 3588 $8,625.00
5/30/2012 NGC FA 2   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3834 $1,840.00
4/24/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2202 $5,287.50
8/8/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4090 $3,290.00
6/4/2015 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3980 $7,637.50

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