Allen Rowe Northern Nevada Coin
David Akers (1975/88): The 1873-CC has the second lowest mintage of any Carson City Half Eagle. It is a very rare date in any condition and extremely rare as high as EF. I have seen one piece that was very close to uncirculated but none that have actually reached that level. As a date, the 1873-CC is more rare than the 1871-CC, 1872-CC, 1874-CC, 1876-CC and 1877-CC and is comparable to the 1875-CC. It is not quite as rare as either the 1870-CC or the 1878-CC. When available, the 1873-CC is almost always well worn, i.e. VF or less. All 1873-CC Half Eagles have a Closed 3 in the date.
Stack's 8/1976:2998 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1188 - Jay Parrino's The Mint - Goldbergs 10/2000:915 - Legend Numismatics/Summit Rare Coins - Midwestern Collection via Doug Winter - Heritage 1/2011:5118, $161,000 - Battle Born Collection via Rusty Goe - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11004, $103,500