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    1873 No Arrows, Closed 3 Half Dollar, MS65
    WB-103, Scarce in Mint State, Tied for Finest

    1873 50C No Arrows, Closed 3 MS65 NGC. WB-103. Vivid peripheral bands of royal-blue and deep violet toning surround light golden centers on each side of this Gem example. The strike is generally well-executed, though some minor softness shows on the eagle's left (facing) talons and to a lesser degree on the neckline of Liberty's gown. Only a few faint, grade-consistent disturbances appear on each side, providing this coin ample eye appeal.

    Variety: WB-103, Closed 3. The Wiley-Bugert reference describes the upper curve of an errant 8 in the dentils below the 7 in the date. The errant 8, however, is actually directly below the primary 8 and, unlisted by Wiley and Bugert, an errant 1 and 7 are also present in the denticles (albeit much more faintly) below their respective primaries. These misplaced digits fade with later die states, though they are easily visible on the present representative.

    Population Data (7/14): This piece is tied with three others as the finest certified at NGC. PCGS shows only one in this grade, also with none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1873 No Arrows, Closed 3 half dollar is a scarce, seemingly underrated issue in Mint State; few have been certified in any such grade, and none are known finer than MS65. In that light, the present Gem should draw substantial attention from advanced Seated Liberty specialists.

    Consignor Commentary: No die cracks or marks to report, just a well-struck, nicely toned specimen.

    Provenance: Purchased from Carter Numismatics (7/2008).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24KA, PCGS# 6336)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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