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: (5/23/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1873 ARROWS 25C MS
Base $ 28.00 35.00 45.00 85.00 245 455 490 600 750 915 1000 1300 1550 2075 4000 9750 - - - -
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Total Graded: 258
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1127 $2,875.00
6/13/2010 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2870, 2870/Lot# 1682 $345.00
12/2/2010 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7803 $402.50
4/1/2012 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/01/2012, 16/Lot# 41809 $440.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3853 $1,880.00
2/22/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7032 $411.25
2/24/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 100592 $275.00
6/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 120772 $194.48
5/18/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10119 $17,750.00
2/5/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1523 $1,333.63

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 25C MS
1873 ARROWS 25C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1558
Owner: keithdagen
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1001
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