Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 390,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 CLOSED 3 3CN MS obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Early in 1873 the chief coiner complained to the Engraving Department that numeral 3 in that year's logotypes for each coin looked too much like an 8, so replacement were delivered within a few weeks. It has been estimated that about a third of this year's mintage of three-cent pieces was struck with the Closed 3 logotype shown here. While certainly not rare, it is slightly more scarce than the Open 3 edition that succeeded it. Gems are quite rare.

The sole variety known for 1873 has this logotype, and it features distinctly repunched numerals 18.

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1873 CLOSED 3 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.55 17.55 20.25 32.50 43.00 58.00 61.00 85.00 110 140 160 195 260 425 1090 2650 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 6250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 132
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/7/2020 1873 CLOSED 3 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-3321516-3214-12142511993---132
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Total-3321516-3214-121425119103---133
 -2%2%2%11%1%5%-2%2%11%-9%11%19%8%7%8%2%--- 

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