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: $1238.30 (10/24/2017)
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: 11/23/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 395
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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12/8/1995 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1995 Baltimore Bullet #147, 147/Lot# 599 $1,045.00
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
10/14/2007 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2435, 2435/Lot# 2601 $784.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6670 $10,350.00
7/8/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/08/2012, 30/Lot# 57217 $1,595.00
2/6/2015 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2629 $4,700.00


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