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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1873 $20 Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62+

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS62+
PCGS #:
8966
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,709,800
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$16,450 • PCGS MS62 • 9-6-2012 • Heritage
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20
1,480
20
25
1,485
25
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1,505
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18,500
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 687 R-5.6 5 / 31 TIE 35 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 27 R-8.9 10 / 31 36 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS62+ PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS62+ PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS61 PCGS grade
6 MS61 PCGS grade  
6 MS61 PCGS grade  
6 MS61 PCGS grade  
6 MS61 PCGS grade  
Gordon Wrubel: Liberty $20. gold pieces of 1873 were minted with both "Open 3" and "Closed 3". For the Philadelphia Mint issues, the Open 3 is common and the closed 3 is very scarce. But how can one tell the difference? Look at the larger ball on the lower curve of the 3. The diameter of the ball is about the same size as the opening and would just pass through it. On the Closed 3, the lower ball would not pass through the constricted opening. As you can see from the condition census data above, the Closed 3 is a rarity in Mint State.

David Akers (1975/88): Of the two main varieties of 1873, the Closed 3 variety is by far the rarest. In fact, it is one of the rarest P-Mint Double Eagles, roughly on a par with the 1862, 1868 and 1871 and just a little less rare than the 1859. Most known specimens are in the VF to AU grades and true mint state specimens are undeniably rare. I have never personally seen a choice or gem mint state specimen and no more than a couple of average Unc-60 quality.

 


Ron Guth: The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained only one 1873-$20 Closed 3.  After earning a grade of PCGS MS62, it became a Top Pop, tied with two others as the finest example of this date.