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    1873 Arrows Seated Half Dollar, MS66
    WB-106, None Certified Finer

    1873 50C Arrows MS66 PCGS. CAC. WB-106. Remarkably frosty, shimmering luster is virtually undisturbed as it illuminates soft hues of lavender-gray and golden-orange on each side. A touch of minor softness shows on the eagle's left (facing) talons and on the top of Liberty's hair, though the design elements are otherwise boldly impressed.

    Variety: WB-106, Large Arrows. The most common variety for the date, High R.4 in Mint State. A light die crack is present on the reverse from the U in UNITED down through the lower three olive leaves.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS and NGC respectively report four and three in MS66, each with none finer. This is one of two MS66 with the CAC green approval sticker.

    Heritage Commentary: The increase in silver weight for the minor denominations was brought about by the same legislation that authorized the infamous Trade dollar and discontinued the standard silver dollar, half dime, silver three cent, and two cent piece: the "Crime of '73." The half dollar's silver weight was increased from 12.44 gm to an even 12.5 gm, and arrows were again added to each side of the date, marking the weight change. Survivors of the Philadelphia, With Arrows issue are the most plentiful for the year and type, but even they become rare in Gem and finer grades.

    Consignor Commentary: Even though the surfaces are relatively clean, the eye appeal is a little below-average. Not bad, but not up to the level of some of the dazzlers elsewhere in the collection.

    Provenance: Purchased from Summit Rare Coins (10/2004).(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24L7, PCGS# 6343)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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