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1874 Arrows Half, PR66 Cameo
Important Two-Year Type Issue

1874 50C Arrows PR66 Cameo NGC. Walter Breen, in his 1988 Encyclopedia, writes that the Mint Act of February 12, 1873, affected the half dollar series in three ways:

--A minute increase in weight from 12.44 to 12.50 gm;
--Arrows at date to signify the weight change; and
--Melting of obsolete issues.


The second factor above created a new two-year design type, the 1873-74 Arrows and Motto. The 1874 issue saw 700 coins minted in proof format.
This PR66 Cameo piece displays nearly untoned surfaces with the slightest hint of occasional gold color. A penetrating strike emboldens the design elements, further enhancing the field-motif contrast. A handful of grade-consistent handling marks is noted on the obverse. Census: 3 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (5/11). (NGC ID# 27UV, PCGS# 86435)

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