Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,271,160
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.29 (1/25/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 25C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Congress had been flirting with the idea of adopting the Metric System of weights and measure for several years, and one hesitant step toward this was tweaking the weights of American coins. The copper-nickel five-cent piece introduced in 1866 was intentionally given a weight of five grams, even though this resulted in a coin too thick to strike up well without quickly wearing out the dies.

In a general rewriting of the nation's coinage standards, Congress passed a law February 12, 1873 which, among other things, slightly raised the weights of the half dollar, quarter dollar and dime so that they could more easily expressed in Metric units. After the first of April, all quarter dollars would weigh 6.25 grams, give or take the legal tolerance. In fact, this tolerance was broad enough that quarters of the previous weight would fall within it! The whole exercise proved to be a silly waste of time that condemned thousands of coins which had been coined during the opening weeks of the year.

To distinguish the new coins from earlier pieces, the old distinguishing mark of 1853-55 was revived. Opposed arrowheads were placed at either side of the date, though this time out they would be small and less obtrusive. As these coins comprise the majority of 1873's production and were not subjected to the mass melting of the No Arrows issue, examples remain plentiful across most grades. 1873 Arrows quarters become slightly scarce in grades XF and above, but Mint State survivors are fairly available except at the gem level (MS 65 and higher).

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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1873 ARROWS 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 50.00 85.00 130 260 435 470 620 810 880 940 1250 1350 1840 3475 9375 30000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 274
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1873 ARROWS 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21112511231111214841429283581----274
---------------1------1
--------------1-1-----2
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Total21112511231111214841429293691----277
 1%0%0%0%9%4%8%4%4%8%17%1%5%10%10%13%3%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base891021191432887529301084128414031566166517792012221027043399478610922171032705230157
93107127191442811981115013231457159917031856207823742935386168311298220419280870
00000098111501323145715991703185620782374293538616831129822041900
000000103212171363151116321741193421442539316743238876150422373500
1873 ARROWS 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81941061312657058741021121313271483157816871911210225793251459410568166102635829405
8598114175411761923108512511379151416141761197422612803369865851258219859273730
00000092310851251137915141614176119742261280336986585125821985900
00000097211491289143115461650183620382420302741468576145962310800
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1483
Owner: dockj
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 265
Owner: Moxking
 
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