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SERIES: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 3CN Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66


PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3739
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,173,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$6,469 • PCGS MS66 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 13 / 23 TIE 13 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 6 / 23 TIE 6 / 23 TIE
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Ron Guth: The first Three-Cent Nickels of 1873 utilized the same-sized date logotypes as in previous years.  Unfortunately, the small date and the shape of the 3 made it appear to be an 8 at a quick glance. Mint officials noticed this discrepancy and changed the shape of the 3 by opening the loops so that it no longer looked like an 8.  By doing so, they created two varieties for the year.

According to the PCGS Population Report, the certified population of the Closed 3 variety is almost twice that of the Open 3, which is in line with their original mintages.  Despite this difference, most price guides value them equally.

The finest examples certified by PCGS include ten MS66's.