Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 540
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $4.59 (4/14/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 25C PF obverse 1873 ARROWS 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Mint Act of February 12, 1873 mandated, among many other things, that the fractional silver coins be raised in weight just enough so that their respective weights could be easily expressed in Metric figures. This was an opening bid toward adoption of the Metric System in the USA and the creation of an internationally exchangeable coinage. This grand vision peaked in 1879 with the creation of pattern coins denominated at four dollars.

For the new silver coins of 1873 this minor weight change was distinguished as it had been 20 years previous by placing opposed arrowheads at either side of the date on dimes, quarters and halves (half dimes and standard dollars had been abolished by this same legislation). The 1873 With Arrows quarters all feature the Open 3 date punch, and this appears to have been fashioned from the earlier one by simply trimming away parts of the existing numeral 3.

A mere 540 proofs were reportedly struck of this issue, and it should be more scarce than the dates immediately preceding. It does appear to be elusive in higher grades, and such pieces are highly sought by type collectors seeking an example of the two-year-only arrowheads feature. The single die marriage (Briggs 5-D) again reused the 1872 reverse die with its raised line bisecting the left border of the eagle's shield.

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Last Updated: 6/13/2019

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1873 ARROWS 25C PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1873 ARROWS 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1232228511093---129
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Total----------123222851101031--131
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1873 ARROWS 25C PF CA
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Base-------------14713-2--18
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Total-------------14813-2--19
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39841543145046948750752754678310631221134516441809299443505137648879541233217538
40442043745647549451453362587611161262144516992204344646125587697794131406718415
000000514533625876111612621445169922043446461255876977941300
0000005205407049701168130415441754259938984875603874651087300
1873 ARROWS 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base44245847749751753755657760085411521319145017651938318345985417682082001274718035
44746448450452454356358568595312081363155518232353365548715885728097161451018937
000000563585685953120813631555182323533655487158857280971600
00000057059276910531263140616601880276841265144635277401123100
1873 ARROWS 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37238640141843745347148951073510021152127115581716286041724935624876991196517068
37739140742444245947749658582410521192136716112097329744265373673291211366617921
000000477496585824105211921367161120973297442653736732912100
0000004835036609131102123114621663247937354681581072151054300
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 9121
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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