1873 1C Open 3, BN AU58BN

CERTIFICATION#: 15180414
PCGS#: 2106

Owner's Comments

CAC

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: On most of the earliest versions of 1873 coins, the 3 of the date looked more like an 8 because the loops of the 3 were so close together.  This was changed later in the year, creating two major varieties: Closed 3 and Open 3.

The Open 3 variety appears to be twice as common as the Closed 3 variety, per the PCGS Population Report (as of July 2011).  The 1873 Open 3 Cent is readily available in all grades up to, and including, MS-64.  In Gem condition, any 1873 Indian Cent is scarce; the Open 3 variety becomes very rare in MS-66.  None have been graded higher. 

The population of Brown 1873 Open 3 Cents is less than that of Red-Brown examples, but that is due primarily to the lower value of the Brown versions (which does not always justify getting them certified).

Diameter: 19.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 11,676,500 Weight: 3.11 grams Metal Content: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
3
17
1
10
45
10
20
100
2
25
110
10
45+
190
50+
230
53+
245
55+
255
58+
315
62+
350
63+
500
64+
600
1
65+
1,150

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 13 / 55 TIE 13 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 10 / 55 TIE 10 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 10 / 55 TIE 10 / 55 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade