Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Five Cents (1866-1883)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,113,950
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 OPEN 3 5C MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The flawed date punches used early in 1873 read more like 1878, so the balls of numeral 3 were trimmed down to give them better separation. In all likelihood, the same set of punches was simply modified rather than being replaced altogether.

While this variety may be somewhat more common than the Closed 3 edition, it's doubtful that the ratio is the nearly 10-1 furnished by Walter Breen and picked up by other catalogs. Whatever the actual truth, both varieties are slightly scarce in worn condition and moderately rare in Mint State.

The Open 3 nickels are rich in varieties. Among the best is one having the normal size date punched over another, much smaller one intended for a different denomination, perhaps the trime. There are too many varieties for NGC to recognize the lesser ones, but the most popular are certified under NGC's VarietyPlus Service.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2018 1873 OPEN 3 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1110111264-5151523176----108
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Total--1110111264-5151523196----110
 --1 %1 %9 %1 %1 %1 %2 %5 %4 %-5 %14 %14 %21 %17 %5 %---- 

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/20/2001 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1450, 1450/Lot# 1128 $207.10
1/9/2006 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL FUN Online Session #395, 395/Lot# 25397 $253.00
3/17/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3197 $1,380.00
10/13/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3353 $13,800.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1187/Lot# 3911 $1,351.25
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4141 $4,406.25
4/3/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131615/Lot# 23072 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 5C MS OPEN 3
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243750679414718622726829833936640951564282015582048391990551579417891
28415576111160199240278311348380444557701106617212671563111301164930
00000019924027831134838044455770110661721267156311130100
00000021325428832535739447959976013121884329573431354700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 820
Owner: S & RB
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 642
Owner: Amazon
 
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