1873 $5 Open 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
8328
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
63,200
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 600 R-5.8 44 / 106 148 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 37 / 106 134 / 218
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 15 / 106 TIE 30 / 218 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 600
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 4
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 44 / 106
60 or Better 37 / 106
65 or Better 15 / 106 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 148 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 134 / 218
65 or Better 30 / 218 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Goldbergs 1/2011:2132, $13,225

1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
10 MS63 PCGS grade
 
	MS65 PCGS grade 
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 1/2011:2132, $13,225

#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#10 MS63 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Many collectors regard this date as fairly common because of the relatively high mintage and the low value put on it in the standard price guides. The 1873 Open 3 is not at all common, however, and is decidedly rare in AU or uncirculated condition. Most known specimens are only VF or EF. Overall, the 1873 Open 3 is slightly more rare than the 1873 Closed 3 and both are very underrated.
Ron Guth:

1873 Half Eagles are found with "Closed" and "Open" 3's in the date. The knobs of the Closed 3 are so close that the date can be mistaken for 1878 at a cursory glance. This defect was noticed early in the year and was corrected by opening up the 3 so that no mistake could be made.

In terms of the rarity of certified examples, the Closed and Open 3 are about equal. The Closed 3 is slightly more common in Mint State and the grade distribution is similar for both. Gem examples of the Closed 3 are very rare, with the finest example being a single PCGS MS66.