Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 OPEN 3 1C MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Open 3 variety of the 1873 cent is noticeably more common, though the exact number coined is unknown. From observations of the known survivors, Q. David Bowers estimated that about 9 million of this year's 11,676,500 cents carried the Open 3 date. While more available than its Closed 3 brother, this issue remains scarce in Mint State.

As seen in the obverse photo above, the numeral 3 was reduced by trimming down the two opposing balls to create greater separation. It may have been that the same date logotype was trimmed by hand, but this is mere speculation.

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1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.55 32.20 55.20 78.20 150 150 180 186 216 228 240 258 270 354 500 780 1240 - - - -
$ 175 202 208 240 250 260 280 300 390 550 860 1360 - -
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 252 270 300 456 670 1250 2700 - - - -
$ - - - - - 280 300 330 500 740 1380 2900 - -
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 330 420 680 1530 5430 23080 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 360 460 750 1680 5900 24900 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 498
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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12/9/1998 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 1113, 1113/Lot# 1055 $1,890.00
3/24/2004 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5084 $977.50
6/6/2005 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #41, 45/Lot# 23 $977.50
11/3/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1056 $575.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 698 $805.00
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 91   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 634, 641/Lot# 1004 $138.00
7/10/2012 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction - US and World Lots - Internet Only Sessions, 174/Lot# 13024 $775.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106139186241308389439487517539568588615642655725134516091876232328463451
117154204263335405455497524548574597624646678931143316982025249730470
000000455497524548574597624646678931143316982025249700
0000004715075315585816066336507011138152117872174267100
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1061391862413083894394875175395685886156678201381196925014196499759066932
11715420426333540545549752454857459763271810071577214630664463530062480
00000045549752454857459763271810071577214630664463530000
00000047150753155858160664976911941773232336314730560300
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1061391862413083894394875175395685886158131309216931134273751687391010211618
117154204263335405455497524548574597681978159524833499535479239193106070
00000045549752454857459768197815952483349953547923919300
000000471507531558581606747114318822798388664358331964700
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