Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 122,800
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $143.73 (5/4/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The open 3's on the quarter eagle (and other pertinent denominations) resulted from the January 18, 1873 Chief Coiner's complaint about the closed 3's readily being mistaken for 8's, and the request to engraver William Barber to furnish a new set of date logotypes ('Open 3').

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Last Updated: 11/10/2014

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1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 360 375 385 395 405 425 740 770 1075 1550 5500 - - - - -
$ 390 410 415 425 440 780 810 1175 1750 7400 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 505
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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3/21/2000 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20034, 20034/Lot# 4523 $420.00
2/22/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 6876 $603.75
12/23/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23125, 23125/Lot# 14284 $224.25
1/28/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 6813 $3,795.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1541 $184.00
2/9/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 333, 339/Lot# 1074 $985.55
3/18/2011 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction Online Only Session, 91/Lot# 12698 $299.00
12/28/2011 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3198, 3198/Lot# 2416 $322.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333603924294635395866316446536656747459971321196932813784533276451114111683
3423704044404885546016356476576686978291105153724063448430061038810113210
000000601635647657668697829110515372406344843006103881000
000000616639650661671721913121317532843361648166874997500
1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156808318949009059831034110511521494152619532079388241324393466749535252
54658863673085289690193110001057112012661504166819952680396542194484476250520
00000090193110001057112012661504166819952680396542194484476200
00000090395710171081113613801515181020373281404843064575485700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 665
Owner: Endds
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 653
Owner: Paul's
 
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