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1873 1C Open 3, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Cents 1859-1909

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
2106
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
3.11 grams
Mintage:
11,676,500
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN estimated grade
2 MS65BN estimated grade
9 MS64BN PCGS grade
9 MS64BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN estimated grade
#2 MS65BN estimated grade
#9 MS64BN PCGS grade
#9 MS64BN PCGS grade
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).