Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Catalog: KM-88
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.75grams
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.43 (4/25/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It was known early in the year that this coin type was about to be deleted from the Mint's roster. Since the few thousand currency pieces struck over the past several years were not actually circulating, no examples bearing this date were coined.

The official mintage for proofs was just 600 pieces, but how many were actually distributed is uncertain. Walter Breen speculated that those struck from pitted dies were later restrikes, noting that one of the Mint's officers had a hoard of 300+ examples. In any case, the certified population suggests that more than 600 may have existed at some point.

This issue is highly prized as the last of its type and also as part of a complete 1873 coin set. That year saw more coin types and major varieties in production than any other in U. S. Mint history. Regarding the Closed 3 variety of the 1873 trime, all known examples have this date style used early in the year. It is specified solely for clarity.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - 690 720 810 960 1250 1340 1590 1970 2310 2590 3580 7090 14300 - -
$ - 760 790 890 1060 1380 1470 1750 2170 2540 2800 3900 7700 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 367
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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3/31/1999 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1149, 1149/Lot# 1191 $1,404.00
12/13/2004 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #21, 25/Lot# 128 $1,092.50
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 987 $1,495.00
6/2/2005 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5346 $1,725.00
7/31/2009 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 215 $6,900.00
10/22/2009 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 214 $17,250.00
11/3/2010 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 482 $201.25
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1033 $1,610.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3864825977318881066117312711345139314611505160917071799204822682464398457472062336793
4185206417839471101120512951361141514751539164117371882212123332970457110705260130
00000012051295136114151475153916411737188221212333297045711070500
00000012381320137714381490157416741768196521942398347751591566400
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4155196407799431131124213451423147215431589169717991895215423812585431961852198739241
44955968683310051168127613711439149515581625173118311981222924493163494111452277380
00000012761371143914951558162517311831198122292449316349411145200
00000013101397145515191573166117651863206723052517374155631671900
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base47458671987210501252137114831566161916951744186019692072234925732885488869252445243662
51163077093111171291140815101583164417111782189620032164242326773552556712767308550
00000014081510158316441711178218962003216424232677355255671276700
00000014451538160116691727182119322037225624982781422062461860900
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