Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 122,800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $183.24 (8/17/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The open 3's on the quarter eagle (and other pertinent denominations) resulted from the January 18, 1873 Chief Coiner's complaint about the closed 3's readily being mistaken for 8's, and the request to engraver William Barber to furnish a new set of date logotypes ('Open 3').

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2017

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1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 280 290 305 325 340 360 360 390 430 475 485 525 950 1450 4850 20000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 575 - 1800 7400 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 533
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------211026105151311314451141----531
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----------1--2121-----7
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Total------211026106151311334553151----538
 ------0 %0 %2 %5 %20 %3 %24 %25 %8 %10 %3 %0 %---- 
1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2---------2
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Total------------2---------2
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/27/2002 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 8995 $2,990.00
5/1/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 1114 $471.50
9/10/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1816 $3,404.00
1/18/2011 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2998, 2998/Lot# 1207 $612.00
3/18/2011 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction Online Only Session, 91/Lot# 12698 $299.00
6/26/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131127/Lot# 27194 $301.30
10/29/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5041 $1,116.25
7/31/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131632/Lot# 23374 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 $2.5 MS OPEN 3 Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base697847856882920949966983993103411001168149415261953219438827077746579241150812064
747850865895930955972986100710561123127715051668203327574947720676189119116930
00000097298610071056112312771505166820332757494772067618911900
000000977990102010781145138515151811211433196012733677711031300
1873 $2.5 MS OPEN 3
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65379380282986589190892593397410361103111711731658208737656820719876451114111683
7007968118418748979149289479951058110811361335180126464783694673478810113220
000000914928947995105811081136133518012646478369467347881000
0000009199309601015108111121154149619443206580270727496997600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1036
Owner: Endds
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 974
Owner: JAA3
 
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