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: $8.77 (12/4/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Link to this coin

1873 S ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 S ARROWS 50C MS reverse
Expand All    Collapse All

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.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE
FIND IT ON EBAY

Select Grade

Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1873 S ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 170 190 285 725 1000 1275 1850 2550 2850 3450 5400 8250 20500 39000 - - - - -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
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: 12/1/2020 1873 S ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1144654385--2133-----50
-----------------------
----------1-----------1
-----------------------
Total-1144654386--2133-----51
 -2%2%8%8%12%10%8%6%16%12%--4%2%6%6%----- 
1873 S ARROWS 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1---------1
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total------------1---------1
 ------------100%--------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base114235757831239133316681886228526992898310337834694678797561338020646322185079659414
114247464493512701445174120192423276529663330408753927777109641580224503384115366962385
00000014451741201924232765296633304087539277771096415802245033841100
00000015561813215225612832303535564390608987661217218224283614460300
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: F 12
Points: 575
Owner: 123cents
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The auction prices realized listed in the NGC Auction Central are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. The auction data listed by NGC may occasionally contain typographical or input errors that can result in incorrect prices realized appearing on the NGC website. Therefore, the prices realized listed in NGC Auction Central are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and facts that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and – when appropriate – expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Auction Central. By using the NGC Auction Central, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the NGC Auction Central.