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: $6.62 (2/27/2017)
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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2/20/2005 PCGS   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1268 $3,105.00
5/28/2008 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 701 $3,220.00
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
1/9/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5649 $28,200.00
8/8/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4090 $3,290.00
10/27/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98512 $55,812.50
1/7/2015 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4954 $4,230.00

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