Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 417,850
Catalog: KM-74.2
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1297.71 (7/28/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.

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Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 389
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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5/9/2001 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1435, 1435/Lot# 1708 $337.60
6/5/2002 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 6920 $1,035.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1794 $1,437.50
12/4/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 116, 121/Lot# 2359 $1,104.00
1/15/2008 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 10538 $1,035.00
11/20/2011 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 25473 $1,936.00
5/20/2013 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3431, 3431/Lot# 2822 $2,500.00
3/27/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4111 $14,100.00


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