Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.52 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF obverse 1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

It was known early in the year that this coin type was about to be deleted from the Mint's roster. Since the few thousand currency pieces struck over the past several years were not actually circulating, no examples bearing this date were coined.

The official mintage for proofs was just 600 pieces, but how many were actually distributed is uncertain. Walter Breen speculated that those struck from pitted dies were later restrikes, noting that one of the Mint's officers had a hoard of 300+ examples. In any case, the certified population suggests that more than 600 may have existed at some point.

This issue is highly prized as the last of its type and also as part of a complete 1873 coin set. That year saw more coin types and major varieties in production than any other in U. S. Mint history. Regarding the Closed 3 variety of the 1873 trime, all known examples have this date style used early in the year. It is specified solely for clarity.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF
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Base $ 600 625 685 770 885 875 975 1075 1200 1380 1450 1700 2150 2600 2900 4800 10500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2200 2750 3250 5700 - -
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1500 1800 2300 2750 3800 5000 15900 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2850 - - - -
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4100 5000 8700 18400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4300 6100 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 363
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF
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Base------1---119274213359265---304
--------------1-113---6
---------------111----3
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Total------1---119274313461288---313
 ------0%---0%0%3%9%14%43%19%9%3%--- 
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF CA
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Base------------1122114115---55
------------------21--3
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Total------------11221141171--58
 ------------2%2%3%36%24%19%12%2%-- 
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF UC
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Base---------------112----4
------------------1---1
-----------------1----1
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Total---------------1131---6
 ---------------17%17%50%17%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF CA
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Base136114021444148715321577162416701774191619852072215423812575278530733912547659732198739241
1375141614581502154715931639170518211939201420992230244626452881335344335642113112773841203
00000016391705182119392014209922302446264528813353443356421131100
00000016551739186919622043212723052510271529773632495558071664900
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF UC
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Base146515101554160016471695174417931808201620882178226324992700291732154082569469252445243662
1480152515691616166317111760179818772040211822062342256627723016350446196104127673085545845
00000017601798187720402118220623422566277230163504461961041276700
00000017771803194720642148223524202633284531163793515765151861000
1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF
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Base128513261367140814511494153915831683177618861969204822682455265729363747526457472062336793
1299134013811422146515091554161617141813191419952121233025222750320642535425107062601338633
00000015541616171418131914199521212330252227503206425354251070600
00000015681650174518491941202221952393259028433477475855861566400
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Points: 792
Owner: nmtlinuxman
 
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