Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-90a
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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1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 37.00 65.00 95.00 200 260 280 300 360 430 450 550 875 1375 - - - - -
$ 220 - 285 315 385 - 475 625 975 - - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 475 575 1000 1600 2500 5000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1850 - - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1550 1800 2200 8750 21000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 422
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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6/6/1998 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 1998 June Long Beach Sale #187, 187/Lot# 5501 $1,725.00
11/5/2001 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 1502, 1502/Lot# 1013 $1,944.00
1/3/2006 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 765 $6,325.00
6/25/2007 NGC VF 25   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 165 $1,265.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1073 $1,840.00
12/24/2007 NGC G 4   Brown Teletrade Auction 2467, 2467/Lot# 1010 $358.40
12/22/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 77 $1,150.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1086 $1,897.50
5/18/2014 PCGS F 15   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 193753 $826.41


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819815125535162066374578382092510131036106612061583202921842347252028153895
8711618628744163469075879585595410211046111313321732208122382405261831750
00000069075879585595410211046111313321732208122382405261800
00000071877080889098410281056115914571880213222932462271700
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8910616327837866370978782487498310481103123917072197275438174064432247606329
95125201311473678735799841910100510661148139518702383310838994150446852830
000000735799841910100510661148139518702383310838994150446800
000000761812857947102610851194155120342568346339824236461400
1873 CLOSED 3 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base981591793014067097528288779301028110411732161233525854876695173347733840210758
118166220336507723777844895963105311271502221924183349556870797467795691870
000000777844895963105311271502221924183349556870797467795600
000000803861912995107911501832227725024112625972067600817900
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