1873-CC SEATED 50C ARROWS
PCGS AU50The 1873-CC-Seated Liberty Half-Dollar with Arrows has always been a collector's favorite because it is a scarce, two-year type. 1873 saw several changes to the half dollar.
The first change was when the number 3 in the date was changed from the old Closed 3 to an Open 3 because Chief Coiner A. Louden Snowden complained that the old digit looked too much like an 8.
The second change was because of the Coin Act of 1873 which specified a new weight for the half dollar planchet that was an increased from 12.44 to 12.50 grams. Arrows were added on either side of the date, to signify the weight change, as had been done for a previous weight change twenty years earlier.
The new dies also featured a smaller CC mintmark. Carson City mint first struck 122,500 without Arrows and then changed design and struck 214,560 with Arrows. The Arrows design was continued in 1874 and dropped after that, creating an extremely popular two-year design type.