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1873 50C No Arrows, Open 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
6337
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
214,200
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 150 R-7.5 2 / 45 TIE 7 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 45 7 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 45 1 / 126
Survival Estimate
All Grades 150
60 or Better 3
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 45
65 or Better 1 / 45
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Ex. RARCOA "Auction '86", lot 657

2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 estimated grade
6 AU55 PCGS grade
7 AU53 estimated grade
7 AU53 estimated grade
9 AU50 PCGS grade
9 AU50 estimated grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade

Ex. RARCOA "Auction '86", lot 657

#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 estimated grade
#6 AU55 PCGS grade
#7 AU53 estimated grade
#7 AU53 estimated grade
#9 AU50 PCGS grade
#9 AU50 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1873 Open 3, No Arrows Half Dollar is the replacement for the Closed 3 version, issued earlier in the year and found to be defective because the Closed 3 looked so much like an 8.

According to official records, the mintage of the Closed 3 is slightly more than 2.5 times that of the Open 3, but catalog valuations indicate a much different picture of the relative rarity. Depending on the grade, an Open 3 can be worth anywhere from 40 to almost 70 times as much as a Closed 3 (this relationship only applies to the No Arrows versions and has nothing to do with the With Arrows, Open 3 variety).

Any 1873 Open 3, No Arrows Half Dollar above Extremely Fine is a real prize. Only a very few Mint State examples are known, and even those are low end. If an MS64 example came on the market today, it would create a considerable stir since it would be the finest known.