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SERIES: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 $2.50 Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
7818
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
55,225
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$16,450 • PCGS MS66+ • 1-8-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 700 R-5.6 117 / 147 TIE 117 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 425 R-6.1 124 / 147 124 / 147
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 42 / 147 TIE 42 / 147 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): In my experience, the 1873 Closed 3 is three or four times as rare as the 1873 Open 3, and therefore, it would be my guess that the mintage of the 1873 Closed 3 was on the order of 50,000 pieces. Striclty uncirculated examples of the 1873 Closed 3 are very rare and are almost as infrequently seen as the proofs.
Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: The loops on the Closed 3 terminate large balls that WILL NOT PASS through its CONSTRICTED opening. The Open 3 loops end with smaller balls that will EASILY PASS through the opening. The Closed 3 is about 40% scarcer that the Open 3 both in number of Mint State coins graded and total population. In the highest grades, however, the populations are about equal.