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: $1723.72 (11/30/2020)
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.

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Last Updated: 11/30/2020

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1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
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Base $ 1845 1845 1845 1865 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 399
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: 11/24/2020 1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
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Base----5123733368514615219--------399
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Total----51237333685147152111--------402
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 $20 MS
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Base17992233225022682335235224072464255527543033373044317077897910525159712454238152599446181763733
19442239225622902341237024262494262128473265396453137711949412340188282907945416605686245666920
000000242624942621284732653964531377119494123401882829079454166056800
0000002445252526882940349841976195834510010141562168533615526806119300
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 2464
Owner: swiss
 
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