Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (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: $0.37 (10/17/2017)
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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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1873 CLOSED 3 3CS PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 875 975 1075 1200 1300 1400 1700 1985 2325 2850 4800 10500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2175 2550 3250 5700 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 361
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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7/21/1997 NGC PF 67   Teletrade Auction 0964, 964/Lot# 1136 $4,280.00
9/11/2008 NGC PF 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 282, 288/Lot# 5336 $1,449.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1230 $1,111.00
6/17/2010 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1490 $8,337.50
1/30/2011 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1225 $2,702.50
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3298 $9,775.00
10/13/2011 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3311 $3,737.50
10/12/2014 PCGS PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 223333 $1,450.00
1/4/2017 PCGS PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(1), 1251/Lot# 3438 $8,225.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 3CS PF CLOSED 3 Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base136114021444148715321577162416701774191619852072215423812575278530733912547659732198739241
137514161458150215471593163917051821193920142099223024462645288133534433564211311277380
00000016391705182119392014209922302446264528813353443356421131100
00000016551739186919622043212723052510271529773632495558071664900
1873 3CS PF CLOSED 3 Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base146515101554160016471695174417931808201620882178226324992700291732154082569469252445243662
148015251569161616631711176017981877204021182206234225662772301635044619610412767308550
00000017601798187720402118220623422566277230163504461961041276700
00000017771803194720642148223524202633284531163793515765151861000
1873 3CS PF CLOSED 3
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base128513261367140814511494153915831683177618861969204822682455265729363747526457472062336793
129913401381142214651509155416161714181319141995212123302522275032064253542510706260130
00000015541616171418131914199521212330252227503206425354251070600
00000015681650174518491941202221952393259028433477475855861566400
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