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1873 Indian Cent. Open 3. MS-65 RB (PCGS).
Original Lot at Stack's Bowers
||August 2018 ANA U.S. Coins Auction Philadelphia, PA
||1873 Indian Cent. Open 3. MS-65 RB (PCGS).
Wonderfully original golden-brown surfaces also reveal ample faded orange color as the coin rotates under a light. Both sides are sharply struck throughout with a delightful satin texture that makes a lovely impression on the eye. This is the more frequently encountered date logotype of the circulation strike 1873 Indian cent, the coins struck from dies prepared after Chief Coiner Archibald Louden Snowden lobbied successfully to replace its Close 3 predecessor in a letter to Mint Director Henry R. Linderman on January 18 of that year. Both Q. David Bowers (2006) and Rick Snow (2014) estimate that 9,000,000 of the 11,676,500 circulation strike cents produced in 1873 are of the Open 3 variety. Even so, this issue is scarce by the standards of the type, most examples redeemed and melted without seeing active circulation pursuant to the terms of the Mint Act of 1871. This is a particularly fortunate survivor whose Gem-quality surfaces place it among the finest certified available to today's discerning Indian cent collectors.
Provenance: From the ESM Collection.
PCGS# 2107. NGC ID: 227Y.
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