1873-CC With Arrows 50C NGC MS64.
A wonderful near gem piece of this early Carson City
Half Dollar. Mintages of the first few years of production
at the Carson City Mint were low, and most of these
pieces went into circulation and thus show wear in
1873 marked the year of another change
in the weight of most silver denominations, and the
last year that both the half dime and liberty seated
dollar were struck. As was the case in 1853/1854,
arrowheads were placed alongside the date to denote
the change (in this case an increase) of weight. As
a result, two types of 1873 half dollars exist.
While to no arrows type is a scarce
coin, the with arrows type is slightly more available.
Although there are more survivors of this coin, most
of these were extensively used in the western states,
making uncirculated coins very scarce.
In his 2003 book, The Mint On Carson Street, Rusty
Goe estimates that approximately 500-700 1873 with
arrows half dollars are still in existence from the
original mintage of 214,500 pieces. Of these however,
only 20-25 coins are estimated to remain in uncirculated
The present piece is a wonderful,
premium quality MS-64 piece of this popular issue.
Sharply struck, satiny luster shows on virtually mark-free
surfaces. Slightly toned, with some orange red colors,
most of the coin has turned in a very pleasing grey
color. Completely original, this coin is a lovely
example of this popular half dollar.