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):
The Open 3 variety undoubtedly constituted most of the 178,025 total mintage for the year, and the 1873 Open 3 quarter eagle is definitely much more common than the 1873 Closed 3. I would estimate that the total mintage for the 1873 Open 3 quarter eagle was on the order of 125,000 pieces. Choice uncirculated examples are relatively common and actually this variety is reasonably obtainable in all grades.
Quickfinder Notes: The loops of the 3 on the Open 3 have a small ball at top and bottom. The opening of the 3 is wide enough for them to EASILY PASS through. The 3 on the Closed 3 has larger balls at the top and bottom loops and the opening is so constricted that the balls will NOT PASS through. According to the September, 2012 Population report, the Open 3 is more common by about 30%. In Mint State the Open 3 is about 40% more common. In the highest grades the varieties are fairly equal. Both show a top grade of MS-66.
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