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: $1128.88 (10/31/2014)
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
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 352
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62


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11/10/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5290


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4/17/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0833, 833/Lot# 874 $580.25
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1794 $1,437.50
11/15/2005 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25114, 25114/Lot# 11447 $575.00
12/4/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 116, 121/Lot# 2359 $1,104.00
7/24/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131131/Lot# 24645 $1,782.50
11/20/2011 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 25473 $1,936.00
9/25/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 9692 $1,645.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12050 $17,625.00


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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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