Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 156,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.09 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 S ARROWS 25C MS obverse 1873 S ARROWS 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1873-S quarter dollar was coined in greater numbers than the preceding issue, and the entire mintage bore arrowheads at the date indicating the new weight standard. Author Larry Briggs reported that the coins are weakly struck on the stars at right and on the reverse lettering, something that becomes more apparent on well worn examples. The rarity of this issue increases as the grade rises, but it is fairly available in the lower circulated grades. Mint State pieces are likewise available, though gems are rare.

Two die pairs were used to coin 1873-S quarters, and each reverse featured a different mintmark. Reverse A utilized the same style seen on earlier dates of the Motto subtype, while Reverse B debuted a new punch that was noticeably smaller and more condensed. This style carried on into 1874 and is the more common variety for 1873-S.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1873 S ARROWS 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 66
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1128 $2,415.00
6/12/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 91, 96/Lot# 560 $1,725.00
1/10/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2795, 2795/Lot# 1569 $747.50
5/19/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20176 $205.63
10/28/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98468 $11,162.50
10/28/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98467 $5,640.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 S 25C MS ARROWS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12314320536971398311071221164618762171234526303119483966737593906514122222323533239105
129163259483803102411451362172219742229244027933692545069798083107501682526598365890
0000001145136217221974222924402793369254506979808310750168252659800
0000001183150417992072228725352956426560617286857412436195283096500
1873 S 25C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11113118634266792510441152156017812065223325072980464664287324875713694216323448538193
11714923845075396410801288163318752121232426643535524067267801104021634025916357210
0000001080128816331875212123242664353552406726780110402163402591600
0000001116142417071970217724152822409058347025827912048189863020000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1781
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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