Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 783,000
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 OPEN 3 3CN MS obverse 1873 OPEN 3 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The majority, about two-thirds, of 1873 three-cent pieces were coined from dies having the revised, Open 3 date logotype. This edition is slightly more common than its predecessor, but it is rare in Gem Mint State (MS 65 and higher). Since the Mint had largely overcome its initial difficulties with the copper-nickel alloy, most coins of this date are reasonably well struck.

There are no varieties noted for the Open 3 issue.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 95
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 440 $3,680.00
12/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 438, 444/Lot# 82 $736.00
4/17/2011 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3049, 3049/Lot# 1455 $862.50
11/15/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34032 $188.00
9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217954 $10.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7219 $1,762.50
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20277 $235.00
1/22/2017 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131705/Lot# 29766 $493.50


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