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(compare with 1873-CC Quarter Dollar - Arrowheads at Date)

PCGS No: 5486


Circulation strikes: 4,000
Proofs: None

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 grains (±6.2 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "CC" (for Carson City) below the eagle on the reverse

In 1873, employees at the Carson City Mint were busy at their duties, churning out silver and gold coins for circulation when, suddenly, new orders came from on high: make minor changes in the weights of some of the silver coins, identify the new issues with arrowheads on either side of the date, and destroy all of the older issues.  One of the coins affected by this new order was the 1873-CC Quarter Dollar, of which 4,000 of the old-style versions had already been made.  Somehow, a few examples escaped destruction and today, five examples are known.  PCGS has certified only one example of the 1873-CC “No Arrows” Quarter Dollar, an MS-64 example that last sold for $209,000 in 1998. 

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service