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SERIES: Indian Cents 1859-1909
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 1C Open 3, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
2106
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
11,676,500
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$1,939 • NGC Unc Details • 3-6-2015 • Stack's Bowers
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2
1
2
3
20
2
3
4
22
11
4
6
28
10
6
10
46
11
10
20
85
6
20
45+
205
45+
50+
210
50+
53+
220
53+
55+
245
55+
58+
305
58+
60
325
2
60
62+
365
62+
63+
490
63+
64+
600
1
64+
65+
1,250
65+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 13 / 55 TIE 13 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 10 / 55 TIE 10 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 10 / 55 TIE 10 / 55 TIE
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2 MS65BN estimated grade  
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9 MS64BN PCGS grade  
9 MS64BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: On most of the earliest versions of 1873 coins, the 3 of the date looked more like an 8 because the loops of the 3 were so close together.  This was changed later in the year, creating two major varieties: Closed 3 and Open 3.

The Open 3 variety appears to be twice as common as the Closed 3 variety, per the PCGS Population Report (as of July 2011).  The 1873 Open 3 Cent is readily available in all grades up to, and including, MS-64.  In Gem condition, any 1873 Indian Cent is scarce; the Open 3 variety becomes very rare in MS-66.  None have been graded higher. 

The population of Brown 1873 Open 3 Cents is less than that of Red-Brown examples, but that is due primarily to the lower value of the Brown versions (which does not always justify getting them certified).