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 OPEN 3 1C MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Open 3 variety of the 1873 cent is noticeably more common, though the exact number coined is unknown. From observations of the known survivors, Q. David Bowers estimated that about 9 million of this year's 11,676,500 cents carried the Open 3 date. While more available than its Closed 3 brother, this issue remains scarce in Mint State.

As seen in the obverse photo above, the numeral 3 was reduced by trimming down the two opposing balls to create greater separation. It may have been that the same date logotype was trimmed by hand, but this is mere speculation.

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1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 35.00 60.00 80.00 170 215 230 245 280 310 320 410 540 1075 1950 - - - -
$ 185 - - 255 - - 335 440 615 - - - -
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 385 425 500 675 1775 3750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 550 875 - - - -
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 400 450 975 1550 5250 25500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2400 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 544
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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1/27/1997 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 0914, 914/Lot# 1022 $196.20
2/27/2003 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5212 $3,565.00
9/6/2004 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 225 $322.00
6/6/2005 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #41, 45/Lot# 23 $977.50
11/6/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131146/Lot# 24841 $1,495.00
12/8/2011 PCGS XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7228 $126.50
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7289 $587.65
7/22/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131231/Lot# 28010 $388.70
6/9/2014 PCGS Genuine G   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20023 $29.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106139186241308389439487517539568588615642655725134516091876232328463451
117155204263335406455497524549575597624646678932143316982025249730480
000000455497524549575597624646678932143316982025249700
0000004715075325585816066336517021138152117872174267200
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1061391862413083894394875175395685886156678201381196925014196499759066932
11715520426333540645549752454957559763271810071577214630664463530062480
00000045549752454957559763271810071577214630664463530000
00000047150753255858160665076911941773232436314730560300
1873 OPEN 3 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1061391862413083894394875175395685886158131309216931134273751687391010211618
117155204263335406455497524549575597681978159624843500535479249193106070
00000045549752454957559768197815962484350053547924919300
000000471507532558581606747114418822798388664358331964800
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