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SERIES: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 25C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5491
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,271,160
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$27,025 • PCGS MS67 CAC • 5-12-2015 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,100 R-4.5 5 / 5 101 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 4 / 5 84 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 4 / 5 56 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1873, the Mint raised the weight of the Dimes, Quarter Dollars and Half Dollars ever so slightly.  Just as in 1853-1855, arrowheads on either side of the date indicated this change.  For the Quarter Dollar, the arrowheads were used only in 1873 and 1874, then removed in subsequent years.  The arrowheads in 1873 were more cosmetic than anything else; in 1853, the lack of arrowheads indicated that a silver coin contained more bullion value than its face value, thus it could be pulled from circulation and melted down for a profit.  Such was not the case in 1873, because the new coins with arrowheads were worth more than the 1853-1873 coins, not less.

Apparently, this design change sparked a collecting frenzy, as the number of surviving Mint State examples is the highest since 1862.  Most Mint State examples fall into the MS-62 to MS-64 range.  Gems are scarce and superb exxamples are downright rare.  The best example is a single PCGS MS67.