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: $1155.68 (12/26/2014)
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: 353
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62


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1/12/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7495
1/12/2015 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7493


Auction Prices Realized

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6/6/1997 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1997 June Long Beach Sale #173, 173/Lot# 6489 $718.75
5/9/2001 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1435, 1435/Lot# 1708 $337.60
6/9/2002 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #293, 293/Lot# 1770 $1,495.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1794 $1,437.50
12/20/2004 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #22 , 26/Lot# 322 $632.50
10/19/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68104, 68104/Lot# 64515 $3,881.25
7/9/2009 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 2038 $2,185.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5364 $1,782.50
11/20/2011 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 25473 $1,936.00


NGC Registry

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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