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SERIES: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 $5 Open 3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8328
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
63,200
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$14,300 • MS • 6-1-1996 • Spink America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 44 / 106 148 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 37 / 106 134 / 218
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 15 / 106 TIE 30 / 218 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2011:2132, $13,225

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2011:2132, $13,225

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
10 MS63 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Many collectors regard this date as fairly common because of the relatively high mintage and the low value put on it in the standard price guides. The 1873 Open 3 is not at all common, however, and is decidedly rare in AU or uncirculated condition. Most known specimens are only VF or EF. Overall, the 1873 Open 3 is slightly more rare than the 1873 Closed 3 and both are very underrated.

Ron Guth: 1873 Half Eagles are found with "Closed" and "Open" 3's in the date.  The knobs of the Closed 3 are so close that the date can be mistaken for 1878 at a cursory glance.  This defect was noticed early in the year and was corrected by opening up the 3 so that no mistake could be made. 

In terms of the rarity of certified examples, the Closed and Open 3 are about equal.  The Closed 3 is slightly more common in Mint State and the grade distribution is similar for both.  Gem examples of the Closed 3 are very rare, with the finest example being a single PCGS MS66.