The Survival Estimate represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in three categories: 1) all grades, 2) 60 or better, and 3) 65 or better. These estimates are based on a variety of sources, including population reports, auction appearances, and personal knowledge. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
Numismatic Rarity converts the Survival Estimate for a particular coin into a number from 1 to 10 (with decimal increments) based on the PCGS Rarity Scale. The higher the number, the more rare the coin.
Relative Rarity By Type
Relative Rarity By Type ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Type. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
Relative Rarity By Series
Relative Rarity By Series ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Series. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
David Akers (1975/88):
In my experience, the 1873 Closed 3 is three or four times as rare as the 1873 Open 3, and therefore, it would be my guess that the mintage of the 1873 Closed 3 was on the order of 50,000 pieces. Striclty uncirculated examples of the 1873 Closed 3 are very rare and are almost as infrequently seen as the proofs.
Quickfinder Notes: The loops on the Closed 3 terminate large balls that WILL NOT PASS through its CONSTRICTED opening. The Open 3 loops end with smaller balls that will EASILY PASS through the opening. The Closed 3 is about 40% scarcer that the Open 3 both in number of Mint State coins graded and total population. In the highest grades, however, the populations are about equal.
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