1873 3CN Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3739
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
1,173,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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 3,000 R-4.4 13 / 23 TIE 13 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 6 / 23 TIE 6 / 23 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 13 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 23 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The first Three-Cent Nickels of 1873 utilized the same-sized date logotypes as in previous years. Unfortunately, the small date and the shape of the 3 made it appear to be an 8 at a quick glance. Mint officials noticed this discrepancy and changed the shape of the 3 by opening the loops so that it no longer looked like an 8. By doing so, they created two varieties for the year.

According to the PCGS Population Report, the certified population of the Closed 3 variety is almost twice that of the Open 3, which is in line with their original mintages. Despite this difference, most price guides value them equally.

The finest examples certified by PCGS include ten MS66's.