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: $1443.03 (10/19/2019)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
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Base $ 1525 1550 1575 1800 2000 2250 2250 2300 2875 4000 4750 22000 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 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 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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6/10/2003 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23063, 23063/Lot# 14029 $776.25
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1794 $1,437.50
12/20/2004 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #22 , 26/Lot# 322 $632.50
4/20/2008 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2518, 2518/Lot# 2550 $2,296.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 7273 $3,795.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5346 $3,525.00
10/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 9166 $1,527.50
9/5/2019 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1299/Lot# 8062 $1,560.00


NGC Registry

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