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: $216.16 (4/22/2021)
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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Last Updated: 9/4/2020

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1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 415 415 415 435 450 460 460 460 475 500 525 540 850 1150 4500 18000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 575 - 1950 7750 - - -
1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 561
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 4/20/2021 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
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Base------211028114151371374553152----559
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Total------211028115151371394558162----568
 ------0%0%2%5%20%3%24%24%8%10%3%0%---- 
1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS PL
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Base697847856882920949966983993103411001168149415261953219438827077746579241150812064
7478508658959309559729861007105611231277150516682033275749477206761891191169312667
00000097298610071056112312771505166820332757494772067618911900
000000977990102010781145138515151811211433196012733677711031300
1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65379380282986589190892593397410361103111711731658208737656820719876451114111683
70079681184187489791492894799510581108113613351801264647836946734788101132212267
000000914928947995105811081136133518012646478369467347881000
0000009199309601015108111121154149619443206580270727496997600
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Grade: MS 61 PL
Points: 1494
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1173
Owner: DON PATE
 
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