1873-S $20 Open 3 MS62

CERTIFICATION#: 15598356
PCGS#: 8979

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Gordon Wrubel: San Francisco Mint 1873 $20. Libs come with Open and Closed 3s. Unlike their Philadelphia Mint counterparts, the Open 3 variety is about three times scarcer than the Closed 3. If you are examining a coin that is not designated, and you do not have the photos above for reference, check the ball on the lower loop of the 3. On the Open 3, the size of the ball is about the same as the opening of the 3 and may just pass through it. On the Closed 3, the ball is too large to pass through the constricted opening. As you can see from the Condition Census listing above, this variety is a rarity in the grade of MS 62 or better.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,040,600 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,657 R-4.4 11 / 31 TIE 64 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 65 R-8.3 15 / 31 TIE 57 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS61 PCGS grade