Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 783,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 OPEN 3 3CN MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The majority, about two-thirds, of 1873 three-cent pieces were coined from dies having the revised, Open 3 date logotype. This edition is slightly more common than its predecessor, but it is rare in Gem Mint State (MS 65 and higher). Since the Mint had largely overcome its initial difficulties with the copper-nickel alloy, most coins of this date are reasonably well struck.

There are no varieties noted for the Open 3 issue.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 440 $3,680.00
10/5/2004 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24102, 24102/Lot# 11247 $143.75
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 4010 $8,768.75
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5426 $4,312.50
8/8/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #48, 53/Lot# 151 $115.00
8/5/2012 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3323, 3323/Lot# 1265 $170.00
9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217954 $10.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4031 $2,951.60


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