1873 $20 Open 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
8967
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 12,500 R-2.9 30 / 31 TIE 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 3,000 R-4.4 30 / 31 112 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 31 TIE 2 / 148 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 12,500
60 or Better 3,000
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-4.4
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 30 / 31 TIE
60 or Better 30 / 31
65 or Better 1 / 31 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 113 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 112 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 2 / 148 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
	MS65 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS64+ estimated grade

Heritage 1/2011:5264, $112,125

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11773, $35,250 - Warsaw Collection - Heritage 8/2013:5916, $41,125

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
10 MS64 PCGS grade
 
	MS65 PCGS grade 
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 MS64+ estimated grade

Heritage 1/2011:5264, $112,125

#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11773, $35,250 - Warsaw Collection - Heritage 8/2013:5916, $41,125

#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#10 MS64 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 scarce. But how can one tell the difference? Look at the larger ball at 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 a group, Type II Liberty $20s(1866-1876) are rather hard to find in Mint condition. But if you are for looking for that special coin for your type set, the condition census above shows that the 1873, Open 3 is one of your most likely candidates.
David Akers (1975/88):

The 1873 Open 3 is the most common Type II Double Eagle and the commonest date of this denomination prior to the mid-1890'S. It is readily available in all grades from VF to choice uncirculated and a large number of mint state pieces are known. Because of their size and weight and the way they were stored and handled over the years, almost all Double Eagles have a fair number of bagmarks and, for this reason, gem quality (65 or better) examples of this issue are very scarce.