1873 5C Open 3 MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 22057176
PCGS#: 3800

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez:  In 1873 the Mint struck two different major varieties for the Shield Nickel. It struck an Open 3 and Closed 3 variety. The Open 3 variety shows the serifs on the 3 digit more spaced apart from one another, hence, referred to as the Open 3 variety. The Open 3 variety is the more common of the two varieties and some believe it is about 10 times more common than the Closed 3 date variety.

In Uncirculated grades, there are possibly about 500 examples remaining. In MS60 to MS63, there are probably about 300 - 350 examples in existence. Most uncirculated examples are in MS64 grade, with possibly about 150 examples known. In MS65, possibly about 50 examples survive. In MS66 grade, about 10 examples are known with none being finer. 

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 4,550,000 Weight: 5.00 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 9 / 17 TIE 9 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 7 / 17 TIE 7 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 17 TIE 8 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade