Description and Analysis

Shield Five Cents
1873 CLOSED 3 5C PF

Description & Analysis

The Mint produced 1,100 silver proof sets, and the number of additional proof nickels for this year went unrecorded. All of these were coined early in the year with the Closed (or Close) 3 obverse.

Unlike the proofs of 1870-72, those of this date were made some care. Typically, they display full strikes and brilliant, uniformly polished fields. A fair number of gems have been certified by NGC, along with enough cameo pieces to satisfy advanced collectors.