1873 50C No Arrows, Closed 3 (Proof)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+

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PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67

PCGS PR67

PCGS #:
6431
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
600
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 525 R-5.9 5 / 25 TIE 34 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 2 / 25 TIE 30 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 12 / 25 37 / 55
Survival Estimate
All Grades 525
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 60
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.9
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 12 / 25
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 34 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 30 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 37 / 55

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR67+ PCGS grade

Phil Kaufman Collection, Part III - Heritage 1/2003:7216, $5,635 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:459, $12,650 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5380, $14,688

2 PR67 PCGS grade PR67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4413, $10,575

2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade
7 PR66+ PCGS grade  
	PR66+ PCGS grade

“Chrismor” Collection (PCGS Set registry) - D.L. Hansen Collection

7 PR66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2015:3993, $8,813 - Heritage 3/2016:4908, $4,465 - Heritage 9/2016:5517, $7,638

9 PR66 PCGS grade
9 PR66 PCGS grade
#1 PR67+ PCGS grade

Phil Kaufman Collection, Part III - Heritage 1/2003:7216, $5,635 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:459, $12,650 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5380, $14,688

PR67 PCGS grade #2 PR67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4413, $10,575

#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 PCGS grade
 
	PR66+ PCGS grade 
#7 PR66+ PCGS grade

“Chrismor” Collection (PCGS Set registry) - D.L. Hansen Collection

#7 PR66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2015:3993, $8,813 - Heritage 3/2016:4908, $4,465 - Heritage 9/2016:5517, $7,638

#9 PR66 PCGS grade
#9 PR66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In the beginning of 1873, emloyees at the Philadelphia Mint began striking Proof Half Dollars. The first versions were of the No Arrows "Close 3" variety, so-called because the balls of the 3 were so close to each other that they resembled an 8. This was amended later in the year, but not until after the Mint produced 600 Proofs. According to researchers Wiley and Bugert, two different die pairs were used to strike all of the Close 3 Proofs -- a low average of 300 Proofs per die pair. No Open 3, No Arrows Half Dollars were made.

Today, the Proof 1873 Close 3 Half Dollars are fairly common and they can be found in most Proof grades, but especially in a range from PR62 to PR64. Gems are scarce, but it is not until PR67 that this date becomes truly rare. Cameo examples are common and their percentage of the total population will increase over time as more and more coins are regraded (PCGS and NGC did not recognize Cameo ro Deep Cameo examples for many years).

Regency XVII | Legend Rare Coin Auctions | May 19, 2016

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