1873 $20 Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

PCGS #:
8966
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,709,800
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 687 R-5.6 5 / 31 TIE 35 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 27 R-8.9 10 / 31 36 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 687
60 or Better 27
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.6
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 31
65 or Better 1 / 31
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 35 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 36 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS62+ PCGS grade MS62+ PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS61 PCGS grade MS61 PCGS grade
6 MS61 PCGS grade
6 MS61 PCGS grade
6 MS61 PCGS grade
6 MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
MS62+ PCGS grade #3 MS62+ PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
MS61 PCGS grade #6 MS61 PCGS grade
#6 MS61 PCGS grade
#6 MS61 PCGS grade
#6 MS61 PCGS grade
#6 MS61 PCGS grade
Gordon Wrubel: Liberty $20. gold pieces of 1873 were minted with both "Open 3" and "Closed 3". For the Philadelphia Mint issues, the Open 3 is common and the closed 3 is very scarce. But how can one tell the difference? Look at the larger ball on the lower curve of the 3. The diameter of the ball is about the same size as the opening and would just pass through it. On the Closed 3, the lower ball would not pass through the constricted opening. As you can see from the condition census data above, the Closed 3 is a rarity in Mint State.
David Akers (1975/88):

Of the two main varieties of 1873, the Closed 3 variety is by far the rarest. In fact, it is one of the rarest P-Mint Double Eagles, roughly on a par with the 1862, 1868 and 1871 and just a little less rare than the 1859. Most known specimens are in the VF to AU grades and true mint state specimens are undeniably rare. I have never personally seen a choice or gem mint state specimen and no more than a couple of average Unc-60 quality.

Ron Guth:

The Saddle Ridge Hoard of gold coins, discovered in northern California in 2013, contained only one 1873-$20 Closed 3. After earning a grade of PCGS MS62, it became a Top Pop, tied with two others as the finest example of this date.