Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.08 (5/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 25C PF obverse 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The changeover from a Closed 3 in the date to an Open 3 occurred between the time that the first proof quarter dollars of 1873 were struck and the time that arrowheads were added to denote a minor weight change. Thus, all of the No Arrows quarters of this date have the Closed 3, which the coiner had found objectionable, due to its resemblance to an 8.

The reported mintage of this issue is 600 pieces, this being the number of silver proof sets sold before the changeover to arrowheads in April. It's quite possible that some of these coins were melted after the weight increase went into effect, but then the Mint was not too particular about such things when it came to coins that were not going to circulate. Larry Briggs observed that some of these proofs were, in fact, released into circulation, though he did not state his source. It may be that these coins were not intentionally circulated, but the exact facts have been lost to history.

In any case, this issue is no more rare in overall numbers than the several preceding dates. The population of certified gems is a bit lower, and that may be a reflection of mishandling seen on the impaired proofs cited by Briggs. A single die pair created the entire run, with the flawed reverse die of 1872 being used again.

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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 25C PF
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 25C PF Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 166
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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7/31/1996 NGC PF 63   Teletrade Auction 0863, 863/Lot# 1343 $490.50
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2079 $604.00
12/8/2004 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5896 $3,450.00
2/3/2011 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3571 $862.50
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3052 $465.75
10/28/2012 PCGS PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 81373 $577.50
5/12/2013 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 624 $4,100.00
11/15/2013 NGC PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33383 $44,062.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194201212223234244255265278423602705745958112413982401323844315295827212051
196205216227237248258269326483636718816101312151732268036364719628795320
000000258269326483636718816101312151732268036364719628700
000000262274375542671732887106913072067295940335007728000
1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092202302412512652752883014566447527941018119214782519338646175647868412635
2132232342442562682792923535196807668691076128718252808379649606659100010
000000279292353519680766869107612871825280837964960665900
000000284297404581716780943113413832172309742075304767200
1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372482582722822953083233365027058208651103128815902685359248766020915613278
2412512632752862993133273915707438359441165138919552987402052577065105300
000000313327391570743835944116513891955298740205257706500
0000003183324476377828501024122614892320329044485639811100
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5295
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 63 CA
Points: 1753
Owner: jacmitch
 
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