1873 $20 Open 3 VF30

CERTIFICATION#: -4553
PCGS#: 8967

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

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 scarce. But how can one tell the difference? Look at the larger ball at 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 a group, Type II Liberty $20s(1866-1876) are rather hard to find in Mint condition. But if you are for looking for that special coin for your type set, the condition census above shows that the 1873, Open 3 is one of your most likely candidates.

David Akers (1975/88): The 1873 Open 3 is the most common Type II Double Eagle and the commonest date of this denomination prior to the mid-1890'S. It is readily available in all grades from VF to choice uncirculated and a large number of mint state pieces are known. Because of their size and weight and the way they were stored and handled over the years, almost all Double Eagles have a fair number of bagmarks and, for this reason, gem quality (65 or better) examples of this issue are very scarce.

 

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,709,800 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
8
1,455
1
10
1,460
12
1,465
15
1,470
20
1,475
1
25
1,480
30
1,485
4
35
1,490
5
45+
1,500
50+
1,575
53+
1,710
55+
1,735
62+
5,500
21
63+
14,000
2
64+
62,000
65
205,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 12,500 R-2.9 30 / 31 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 3,000 R-4.4 30 / 31 112 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 TIE 2 / 148 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade