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: $6.33 (10/13/2019)
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

Just prior to the addition of arrowheads to either side of the date on the dimes, quarters and halves of 1873, the Philadelphia Mint coined over 200 thousand half dollars with the revised date punch having an "Open 3" with clear separation between the knobs of that numeral. Nearly this entire production remained on hand at the mint and was melted when the new weight standard went into effect April 1. As a result, only a handful of 1873 Close 3 No Arrows half dollars have survived. This variety is rare across all grades.

Just a single die pair is known for this issue, though its original mintage likely required the use of at least one more for which no examples have survived. A proof having a different obverse was reported years ago, but this is not presently traced and awaits verification.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3875 5100 5650 6700 10600 12250 13500 20000 27500 31500 37500 67000 97000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 58

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base421-412---4-----------18
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Total421-412---4-----------18
 22 %11 %6 %-22 %6 %11 %---22 %----------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
9/4/2011 PCGS VG 10   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1270 $3,565.00
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
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
4/25/2019 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1294/Lot# 3528 $2,640.00


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