Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,100
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 PF obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

All 1873 proof cents were coined with a Closed 3 obverse die, even though many of these were undoubtedly struck after adoption of the Open 3. In all likelihood, the Mint believed that it didn't really matter how readable the date was on a non-circulating coin and didn't want to prepare a new proof die.

With the general increase in the collecting of United States coins during the early 1870s, sales of the silver proof set rose to over 1000 sets this year. The number of additional proof cents sold with the minor sets is unknown.

Fully red gems are very scarce. The polishing of the dies was heavy and crude, a typical feature for most proofs of this period. There appears to have been little attempt to impart cameo contrast to the dies, and thus to the resulting coins.

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1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 240 264 300 342 450 600 1240 - - - -
$ - - - - - 260 290 330 380 500 660 1360 - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 324 390 660 1060 1920 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 360 430 730 1170 2110 - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 390 552 1080 2000 8220 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 430 610 1190 2200 8900 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 232
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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5/5/2004 NGC Proof 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 5484 $977.50
9/23/2007 PCGS Proof 63   Red Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1074 $322.00
6/27/2008 PCGS Proof 65   Red Teletrade Auction 2549, 2549/Lot# 1002 $2,464.00
9/21/2009 NGC Proof 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7082 $1,035.00
2/10/2013 PCGS Proof 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 97359 $578.60
2/3/2014 PCGS Proof 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3094 $15,275.00
6/3/2014 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3501 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Brown
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Red Brown
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Brown, Cameo
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Red Brown, Cameo
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Red, Cameo
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Red Brown, Ultra Cameo
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
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