Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 122,800
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $159.90 (9/29/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The open 3's on the quarter eagle (and other pertinent denominations) resulted from the January 18, 1873 Chief Coiner's complaint about the closed 3's readily being mistaken for 8's, and the request to engraver William Barber to furnish a new set of date logotypes ('Open 3').

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1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 350 375 385 395 405 440 525 590 660 900 1700 4450 26000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1850 7700 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 511
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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10/5/2016 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7814


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2/28/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #367, 367/Lot# 2211 $451.95
5/1/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 1114 $471.50
8/13/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1618 $632.50
9/10/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1816 $3,404.00
6/25/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2386, 2386/Lot# 1954 $212.80
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 10811 $322.00
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1157/Lot# 9604 $690.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31177 $482.93


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333603924294635395866316446536656747459971321196932813784533276451114111683
3423704044404885546016356476576686978291105153724063448430061038810113210
000000601635647657668697829110515372406344843006103881000
000000616639650661671721913121317532843361648166874997500
1873 OPEN 3 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156808318949009059831034110511521494152619532079388241324393466749535252
54658863673085289690193110001057112012661504166819952680396542194484476250520
00000090193110001057112012661504166819952680396542194484476200
00000090395710171081113613801515181020373281404843064575485700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 665
Owner: Endds
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 653
Owner: Paul's
 
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