Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 783,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 OPEN 3 3CN MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The majority, about two-thirds, of 1873 three-cent pieces were coined from dies having the revised, Open 3 date logotype. This edition is slightly more common than its predecessor, but it is rare in Gem Mint State (MS 65 and higher). Since the Mint had largely overcome its initial difficulties with the copper-nickel alloy, most coins of this date are reasonably well struck.

There are no varieties noted for the Open 3 issue.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 85
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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9/18/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0877, 877/Lot# 1190 $945.00
7/4/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 June New York, NY Bullet Sale #381, 381/Lot# 186 $517.50
4/18/2010 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 2839, 2839/Lot# 1549 $115.00
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3233 $1,725.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2269 $4,887.50
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3465 $763.75
7/13/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 336 $700.00


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