Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,100
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 PF obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

All proofs of the 1873 three-cent piece have a Closed 3, but this is included for the sake of clarity. An Open 3 logotype was subsequently used for currency pieces, but enough proofs had been made up to that time that no further pieces were needed.

This date is noticeably more available than preceding issues, and even gems are fairly plentiful. It's almost certain that several hundred additional proofs were coined beyond the 1,100 included in the silver proof sets.

The date is very faintly repunched on many proofs, but this is of little interest and no premium value.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1873 CLOSED 3 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 195 225 260 350 425 585 1600 5300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 410 480 900 - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 330 390 650 1620 5000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 7000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 453
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1873 CLOSED 3 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------41338167105323---362
----------------11----2
-----------------11---2
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Total------------41338167106344---366
 ------------1 %4 %10 %46 %29 %9 %1 %--- 
1873 CLOSED 3 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------32240224---91
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----------------121---4
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Total--------------32241245---95
 --------------3 %23 %43 %25 %5 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1504 $489.00
3/28/2004 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1862, 1862/Lot# 1021 $852.50
2/23/2005 PCGS PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 4033 $9,775.00
6/4/2007 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Final Session #439, 439/Lot# 7352 $488.75
12/16/2010 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 541, 548/Lot# 7114 $1,092.50
7/27/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1618 $4,935.00
10/27/2013 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131345/Lot# 22086 $1,586.25
11/10/2013 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148638 $243.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 3CN PF CLOSED 3 Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102135183234301384431479515537570593690835938103318732385322052381639029644
11315120025632839944749152254857762573886996913132043266338928955208080
0000004474915225485776257388699691313204326633892895500
000000463503529559585657786903100115932214294145651267200
1873 3CN PF CLOSED 3 Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17122328536345656563169574177281584497111561288140824483068406858932040436788
188243311394492587652710751786824886103212001328175426543401467610730258650
00000065271075178682488610321200132817542654340146761073000
00000067372576180083492810941244136821012861373452841556700
1873 3CN PF CLOSED 3
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base128513261367140814511494153915831683177618861969204822682455265729363747526457471330924120
12991340138114221465150915541616171418131914199521212330252227503206425354258268169130
0000001554161617141813191419952121233025222750320642535425826800
00000015681650174518491941202221952393259028433477475855861078800
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 2385
Owner: souderdude
 
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