Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 228,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.36 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 S ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 S ARROWS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

There exists in U. S. Mint records an entry showing the delivery of 5,000 San Francisco Mint half dollars in February, prior to the adoption of arrowheads at the date. Not a single specimen has ever surfaced, but nor is there a record of these coins being destroyed. A single piece was shipped to the Philadelphia Mint March 5 for the annual assay, but this is presumed to have been melted in the process. The fate of the others may never be known.

San Francisco Mint Superintendent Oscar La Grange requested 10 obverse dies and four reverses for 1873's half dollar coinage, but the record of how many were shipped there is not extant. Just a single die marriage is known, but the number of coins produced is high for single dies, and additional (very rare) dies may yet be discovered. The Minute S mintmark used this year is not found on earlier half dollars, though it would continue into 1874.

All 1873-S half dollars have 145 reeds, a figure also found on Philadelphia Mint halves of this date, so the possibility of an added mintmark alteration does exist. Fortunately, the economic incentive for performing such an operation is minimal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1873 S ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 115 170 225 360 725 1000 1250 1850 3000 3250 3750 5625 8750 20500 39000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1873 S ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1144654385--2133-----50
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Total-1144654386--2133-----51
 -2 %2 %8 %8 %12 %10 %8 %6 %16 %12 %--4 %2 %6 %6 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
7/15/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0858, 858/Lot# 1473 $348.80
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1270 $2,012.50
5/30/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2712 $5,175.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4338 $5,875.00
2/27/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7703 $528.75
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10395 $240.00
6/5/2016 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131624/Lot# 23189 $646.25
2/27/2018 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131810/Lot# 21627 $552.00
5/8/2019 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131920/Lot# 23428 $504.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S 50C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base114235757831239133316681886228526992898310337834694678797561338020646322185079659414
11424746449351270144517412019242327652966333040875392777710964158022450338411536690
00000014451741201924232765296633304087539277771096415802245033841100
00000015561813215225612832303535564390608987661217218224283614460300
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Grade: F 12
Points: 575
Owner: 123cents
 
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