Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 436,050
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 20.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 CLOSED 3 5C MS obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The term Closed 3 (also listed as Close 3) refers to the first set of date punches used this year for all denominations in which numeral 3 looked nearly like an 8. This flaw was corrected fairly early in the year, which is perhaps where the reconstructed mintage figure of 436,050 was derived. Based on the number known today, it's likely that 1873's mintage of 4-1/2 million nickels was more evenly divided between this and the Open 3 variety than such a mintage suggests. Nevertheless, these coins are somewhat scarce in circulated grades and very scarce in Mint State. Gems are quite rare.

The Closed 3 1873 nickels are rich in doubled-die obverse varieties.

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Last Updated: 9/16/2019

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1873 CLOSED 3 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 55.00 72.00 - - - - - - - 300 450 575 825 1850 3500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1300 2600 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 93
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1873 CLOSED 3 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2131522105-3121124111----93
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Total--2131522105-3121125111----94
 --2%1%3%1%5%2%2%11%5%-3%13%12%27%12%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59761061431862783454064745195796206847939901173188624014080107221839320737
64861181572163003654284895395926417208581051141020572960629413279191740
000000365428489539592641720858105114102057296062941327900
000000385451504559606662756924111216482229352085081583600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1173
Owner: Amazon
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1173
Owner: Coin Trader
 
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