Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 208,925
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1246.14 (8/29/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Much more elusive than its Open 3 counterpart, the Closed 3 was struck only for a brief period early in the year. According to Walter Breen's Encyclopedia, Chief Coiner Archibald Loudon Snowden wrote a letter of complaint to Mint Director James Pollock on January 18, 1873. Pollock responded with an order to Chief Engraver William Barber to produce new logotypes with an Open 3 that could not be mistaken for an 8 with the naked eye. Mint State survivors are decidedly rare, and only the availability of the Open 3 variety has made the Closed 3 affordable in Uncirculated grades.

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1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1650 1675 1700 1850 1920 1920 2150 2200 2300 3150 4875 6400 13000 - - - - - - - -
$ 2100 2200 2250 2400 3400 5200 7250 16500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 350
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62


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5/31/2001 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 9226 $437.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1794 $1,437.50
10/19/2004 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24104, 24104/Lot# 12548 $2,127.50
12/12/2005 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 1682 $1,955.00
12/4/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 116, 121/Lot# 2359 $1,104.00
10/14/2007 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2435, 2435/Lot# 2601 $784.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5364 $1,782.50
7/8/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/08/2012, 30/Lot# 57217 $1,595.00
5/20/2013 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3431, 3431/Lot# 2822 $2,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base640717800891990115213091450176719492190233532384935703210525159712454238152599446181763733
665744830924104412041356155518272029223826363803563481961234018828290784541660568624550
000000135615551827202922382636380356348196123401882829078454166056800
000000140316611888210922862937436963339360141552168533615526806119200
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1450
Owner: swiss
 
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