Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1589.37 (2/25/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Much more elusive than its Open 3 counterpart, the Closed 3 was struck only for a brief period early in the year. According to Walter Breen's Encyclopedia, Chief Coiner Archibald Loudon Snowden wrote a letter of complaint to Mint Director James Pollock on January 18, 1873. Pollock responded with an order to Chief Engraver William Barber to produce new logotypes with an Open 3 that could not be mistaken for an 8 with the naked eye. Mint State survivors are decidedly rare, and only the availability of the Open 3 variety has made the Closed 3 affordable in Uncirculated grades.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 391
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/25/2020 1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----5123733368214415189--------391
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----------1--2--------3
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Total----51237333682145151811--------394
 ----1%3%9%8%9%21%37%4%5%3%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992233225022682335235224072464255527543033373044317077897910525159712454238152599446181763733
1944223922562290234123702426249426212847326539645313771194941234018828290794541660568624560
000000242624942621284732653964531377119494123401882829079454166056800
0000002445252526882940349841976195834510010141562168533615526806119300
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 2464
Owner: swiss
 
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