Coin Specifications

Category: Shield Two Cents (1864-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 6.2200g
Diameter: 23mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

All 1873 two-cent pieces were coined as proofs, since this denomination was slated for retirement early that year. The mintage of this date has been reconstructed as 600 pieces having the Closed 3 variety and 500 with the Open 3, plus 46 additional pieces of undetermined variety struck for the minor proof sets. These numbers are all tentative and may never be certain.

This is another date that was hoarded to some extent, accounting for its seemingly higher survival rate. It has been speculated, too, that the Open 3 examples are restrikes made a few years later, as that style of date was used primarily after this denomination's termination date.

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Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF BN
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Base $ 1350 - - - 1900 1980 - 2080 - 2400 2700 2700 3150 3500 3500 6000 - - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2450 2750 2850 3400 3700 4450 7000 15000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3600 4200 5600 - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2850 3250 3950 4800 6600 14500 48500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5200 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 289
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF BN
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Base---1211--122261924179----87
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Total---1211--122261924179----87
 ---1%2%1%1%--1%2%2%2%7%22%28%20%10%---- 
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------3195362413---181
-----------------1----1
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Total-------------3195362423---182
 -------------2%10%29%34%23%2%--- 
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------286----16
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Total---------------286----16
 ---------------13%50%38%---- 
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RBC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------12----3
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Total----------------12----3
 ----------------33%67%---- 
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RDC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------2----2
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---------------1------1
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Total---------------1-2----3
 ---------------33%-67%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF BN
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Base189619492003205921152173223122922352241524792543263127972950309932513498373014352260261
191319672021207721342192225123122373243625002572268628482999314933333575727018243260260
00000022512312237324362500257226862848299931493333357572701824300
000000227123322394245725212601274128993049320034153652108112213400
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base193619932048210421612220228023412401246625312597269928903154336936864273544316346297351
195520112066212321802240230023612422248725532631276229783225347438814663907720809297350
00000023002361242224872553263127622978322534743881466390772080900
000000232023812444250925752665282630663297358040775053127112527200
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base195320072062211921772236229623572419248325482614279729803277348241234822837919307352491
1971202520812138219622562316237724402504257026752858307933453695435660071202124621352490
000000231623772440250425702675285830793345369543566007120212462100
000000233623982461252625922736291931783413390945897193156642993500
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RBC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194119972052210921652223228323472404247025342602272129103172338236954278544716454297371
195920152071212721842243230423662426249125562641278429973242348638894667911620881297370
00000023042366242624912556264127842997324234863889466791162088100
000000232523852448251225792681284730843312359040835057127852530900
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RDC
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Base195720112066212721832240230223642426248925522617279929823281348441254823837919307352491
1975202920862145220222602322238424472510257326772860308133483697435760081202124621352490
000000232223842447251025732677286030813348369743576008120212462100
000000234324052468253125952738292131813416391145907193156642993500
1873 CLOSED 3 2C PF RDU
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Base195920122068212821842241230323662427249025542619280029833283348641254823837919307352491
1976203020882146220322612324238624482511257526792861308333503699435760081202124621352490
000000232423862448251125752679286130833350369943576008120212462100
000000234524062469253225972739292231833418391245907193156642993500
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Grade: PF 65 RD
Points: 4123
Owner: Davis Creek Trust
 
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