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    1873 Arrows Seated Half Dollar, MS66+
    WB-106, FS-301, Misplaced Date
    Finest Certified at Either Service

    1873 50C Large Arrows, Misplaced Date, FS-301, WB-106, MS66+ NGC. A nominal increase in weight was mandated by Congress in 1873, and was signified by arrows punched into the working dies for minor silver coinage. Substantial mintages of half dollars followed by all three Mints, led by more than 1.8 million pieces struck in Philadelphia. This high-end example is one of the few Premium Gems to survive, and it displays a misplaced digit in the dentils below the right (facing) arrow. Cherrypickers' lists this anomaly as FS-301, and suggests that the MPD is most likely the upper curve of an errant 3. The variety is unlisted in the Wiley, Bugert reference, although no effort was made by the authors in 1993 to define all Large Arrows die marriages.

    Regardless of variety, the present coin ranks as the finest-known 1873 Large Arrows half dollar by virtue of the NGC Plus designation. Reflective fields are softly lustrous beneath a mantle of lilac-gray patina. Iridescent colors play at the margins and merge into the centers for outstanding eye appeal. The strike is extra-sharp for the issue, while abrasions are limited to a few faint lines on Liberty's knee and a hidden scrape at the eagle's right wing near IC of AMERICA. Neither service reports a numerically finer grading event for any 1873 Large Arrows half from any of the Mints -- Philadelphia, Carson City, or San Francisco. Census: 4 in 66 (1 in 66+), 0 finer (4/18).

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 413732, Base PCGS# 6343)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    June, 2018
    14th-17th Thursday-Sunday
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