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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 37.00 65.00 95.00 200 260 280 300 360 430 450 550 875 1375 - - - - -
$ 220 - 285 315 385 - 475 625 975 - - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 475 575 1000 1600 2500 5000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1850 - - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1550 1800 2200 8750 21000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 407
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
Base16722028235744862066374578382092510131036115212711583236227863185384145925447
18524130738750563469075879585595410211075119213751843250329193404409148770
00000069075879585595410211075119213751843250329193404409100
00000071877080889098410281113123114792102264530523622434200
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1672202823574485586226847357708178491103124817072179330738386118717183529672
1852413073874855796437017477868289341151140118642555348445986469756587920
0000006437017477868289341151140118642555348445986469756500
00000066371875880183810181200155420222931366153586820795800
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1672202823574485586226847357708178499252240233525854876695166527771902310419
1852413073874855796437017477868288741363227224183349556869517025818894880
0000006437017477868288741363227224183349556869517025818800
0000006637187588018389001802230325024112625969517398860600
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