1873-S $20 Closed 3 MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 19927095
PCGS#: 8969

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Gordon Wrubel: San Francisco minted 1873 Twenty Liberty coins come with both Open and Closed 3s. But, unlike her Philadelphia sisters, the Closed 3 is the more common occurrence. The ratio of Closed to Open is about three to one. If you are looking at a raw coin and do not have the comparison photos above for reference, it is easy to determine whether the coin has an Open or Closed 3. The ball at the end of the lower loop of the 3 is about the same size as the opening of the 3 and may just pass through. On the Closed three the ball will not pass through the opening. As you can determine from the Condition Census above, this coin is rare graded higher than MS 62.

David Akers (1975/88): There are two main varieties of this issue just as there are two varieties of the 1873 Philadelphia Mint issue. Both varieties are scarce but the Open 3 variety is the more rare of the two. As a date (i.e. not considering the two varieties as separate issues), the 1873-S is similar in overall rarity to the 1869-S, 1870-S 1871-S and 1872-S. However, the 1873-S is not as rare in full mint state as the four S-Mints immediately preceeding it. Nevertheless, in strictly uncirculated condition, the 1873-S is scarce and in choice or gem Unc. it is definitely rare.

 

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,040,600 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
1,440
3
1,445
4
1,450
6
1,455
8
1,460
10
1,465
12
1,470
15
1,475
1
20
1,480
25
1,485
30
1,490
2
45+
1,505
50+
1,580
53+
1,715
55+
1,750
62+
10,000
63
27,500
3

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 5,375 R-3.9 27 / 31 96 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 21 / 31 75 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS62+ PCGS grade  
4 MS62+ PCGS grade