Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 172,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.24 (2/22/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 25C MS obverse 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Complaints of the Closed 3 date logotype resembling 1878, rather than 1873, prompted a new issue of dies early in the year. These were punched with a date having the balls of the 3 smaller and further apart, and this effect was achieved by simply trimming away some steel from the existing punches.

The Philadelphia Mint coined only 172,000 quarter dollars before yet another change was authorized, this one placing arrowheads at either side of the date to denote a minor increase in weight. A large percentage of the Open 3, No Arrows quarters was thus destroyed without ever leaving the mint. Examples are scarce across all grades, with Mint State examples being fairly rare.

Two unique die pairs were used for this abortive production, and neither is interesting enough to be worth more than the other.

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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 65.00 85.00 175 265 325 360 520 565 615 800 1100 1950 3050 7850 10500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2250 3650 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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1/12/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 6428 $1,265.00
2/14/2010 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2811, 2811/Lot# 1619 $460.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1633 $9,512.80
4/7/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131316/Lot# 24132 $238.53
4/24/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8029 $381.88
9/25/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3667 $1,527.50
6/22/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202633 $2,420.00
8/12/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7548 $399.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11113120923437860272984289893598610211152163923223052392250918289129052030332249
1171572172824526447668609109529971064131418662565334243116157982715371242850
000000766860910952997106413141866256533424311615798271537100
00000080487992296910091108147620942808363247017223113661783700
1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123143227255406644777896954993104810841221172824383194409252978585133152087633054
1291712363054856888169159671011106011291390196426903493449363931016115835249350
000000816915967101110601129139019642690349344936393101611583500
000000856934980102910721175155922012942379248957489117381835500
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1639
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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