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SERIES: Shield Two Cents 1864-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 2C Closed 3, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR66BN

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PCGS PR66BN
PCGS #:
3651
Diameter:
23.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
6.22 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
600
Metal Content:
Bronze
Auction Record:
$5,940 • PR66 • 5-20-1996 • Bowers & Merena
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Ron Guth: 1873 Two Cent pieces come in two formats: Open 3 and Close 3.  The Close 3 variety (sometimes called Closed 3) was the earlier version of the two and was replaced when complaints came in to the Mint that the 3 looked too much like an 8.  The Open 3 variety solved the problem.  For the Proof version, the Open 3 is considered a Restrike.

The mintage of the Proof 1873 Two Cent piece with the Close 3 is only 600 pieces.  Because this is a Proof-only date, demand is very high.  Numerous high-quality examples exist, but Gems in full Red color are the most highly prized.  As an illustration of this point, a PCGS PR67Red example sold for $52,900 in 2010.