Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,676,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents rose in 1873, as the redundancy of existing pieces was worked down through Treasury redemptions. Nevertheless, 1873 is still a somewhat scarce date, one that is divided into two very distinct, major varieties.

The first issue of coins in 1873 across all denominations featured date logotypes having a numeral 3 on which the two balls were close together and could be mistaken for an 8. Very early in that year Chief Coiner A. L. Snowden complained about this to the Engraving Department, and the result was a new set of logotypes having smaller balls set further apart. These are known as the Closed 3 and Open 3, respectively.

Neither variety is particularly rare for 1873 cents, but the Closed 3 coins definitely comprise a minority of that year's production. The exact number coined is unknown, Walter Breen placing it at 1,002,000, while Q. David Bowers estimated a quarter million, which is probably closer to the truth. All 1873 cents are challenging to locate in Mint State, and fully red pieces are quite rare.

The example illustrated above has the Closed 3 and is also the extremely scarce and desirable doubled-die obverse variety FS-101 (Snow-1).

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Last Updated: 3/22/2021

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1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 55.00 85.00 115 200 265 285 300 385 425 435 445 550 700 1350 - - - - -
$ - - - 315 400 - - 490 600 900 - - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS RB
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1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1100 1550 1900 6000 20500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 504
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base32014174928401514363521027332711-----381
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Total32014174928401514363521027332711-----381
 1%5%4%4%13%7%10%4%4%9%9%1%3%7%9%7%3%----- 
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1-------71847336----112
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---------------11-----2
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Total-----1-------71848346----114
 -----1%-------6%16%42%30%5%---- 
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2153-----11
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-----------------1----1
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Total-------------21531----12
 -------------17%8%42%25%8%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819815125535162066374578382092510131036106612061583202921842347252028153895
8711618628744163469075879585595410211046111313321732208122382405261831754090
00000069075879585595410211046111313321732208122382405261800
00000071877080889098410281056115914571880213222932462271700
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8910616327837866370978782487498310481103123917072197275438174064432247606329
95125201311473678735799841910100510661148139518702383310838994150446852836645
000000735799841910100510661148139518702383310838994150446800
000000761812857947102610851194155120342568346339824236461400
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base981591793014067097528288779301028110411732161233525854876695173347733840210758
1181662203365077237778448959631053112715022219241833495568707974677956918711296
000000777844895963105311271502221924183349556870797467795600
000000803861912995107911501832227725024112625972067600817900
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