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: $1186.35 (5/26/2016)
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: 11/16/2015

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 382
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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4/17/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0833, 833/Lot# 874 $580.25
9/17/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 8303 $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
7/8/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/08/2012, 30/Lot# 57217 $1,595.00
10/18/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(6), 1175/Lot# 10417 $1,997.50
3/27/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4111 $14,100.00
2/6/2015 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2629 $4,700.00


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