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 CLOSED 3 1C MS obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents rose in 1873, as the redundancy of existing pieces was worked down through Treasury redemptions. Nevertheless, 1873 is still a somewhat scarce date, one that is divided into two very distinct, major varieties.

The first issue of coins in 1873 across all denominations featured date logotypes having a numeral 3 on which the two balls were close together and could be mistaken for an 8. Very early in that year Chief Coiner A. L. Snowden complained about this to the Engraving Department, and the result was a new set of logotypes having smaller balls set further apart. These are known as the Closed 3 and Open 3, respectively.

Neither variety is particularly rare for 1873 cents, but the Closed 3 coins definitely comprise a minority of that year's production. The exact number coined is unknown, Walter Breen placing it at 1,002,000, while Q. David Bowers estimated a quarter million, which is probably closer to the truth. All 1873 cents are challenging to locate in Mint State, and fully red pieces are quite rare.

The example illustrated above has the Closed 3 and is also the extremely scarce and desirable doubled-die obverse variety FS-101 (Snow-1).

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1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 23.00 34.50 60.95 86.25 192 192 228 258 276 330 348 372 396 480 670 1070 1630 - - - -
$ 215 250 280 300 360 380 410 440 530 740 1180 1790 - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 450 630 780 1030 2020 3220 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 500 690 860 1130 2220 3500 - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1530 1750 2090 10040 20480 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1680 1930 2300 10800 22100 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 382
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base167220282357448558622684735770817849905115212711427236227863185384145925447
184240307387484579642701746785827867987119113231738250329193403409148770
000000642701746785827867987119113231738250329193403409100
0000006637187588018388861069123113752050264430523622434100
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base167220282357448558622684735770817849925124813451825330738386118717183529672
1842403073874845796427017467858278741032128015052319348445986469756487920
0000006427017467858278741032128015052319348445986469756400
0000006637187588018388991140131216652813366153586820795800
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1672202823574485586226847357708178499252240209422333639502266527771902310419
1842403073874845796427017467858278741363224021402701410055657025818894880
0000006427017467858278741363224021402701410055657025818800
0000006637187588018388991801224021863170456161087398860500
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