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1873 QUARTER DOLLAR -
ARROWHEADS AT DATE
(compare with 1873 Quarter Dollar - No Arrowheads at Date)

PCGS Nos: 5491, 5574, 85574

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,271,160
Proofs: 540

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, modified by Christian Gobrecht and Robert Ball Hughes, executed by James Barton Longacre; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht, modified by James Barton Longacre

Diameter: ±24.3 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - ±90%
Copper - ±10%

Weight: ±96.5 grains (±6.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

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Significant examples:
NGC Proof-67.  Ex - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s "Eliasberg" Sale, April 1997, Lot 1504; Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1636, illustrated, sold for $12,765.00; Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection" Sale, May 28-30, 2001, Lot 575, illustrated, sold for $13,800,  where it was described as follows: "1873. Arrows. NGC graded Proof 67 Eliasberg. This is one of the finest known examples of this date! Further, it is from the Eliasberg Collection Sale in 1997, which pedigrees back to John Clapp most likely. The coin is stunning, it boasts a delicate arc of blue toning on the left obverse and gold all around, similar on the reverse. As to the centers, they are frosty and white. NGC has only graded 3 this high, and none graded higher, similar at PCGS where they have graded one as PR-67, and none higher. Thus, it is virtually certain that this is one of the finest known of the date! Just 540 were struck, and few survive in top grades."

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 245, unsold

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1620, sold for $862.50

NGC MS-63.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 396, "Arrows", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 332, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000" Sale, August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5815, not illustrated, not sold

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-64.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service