1873 5C Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3801
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
4,550,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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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 1,500 R-4.8 5 / 17 TIE 5 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 2 / 17 TIE 2 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 35 R-8.8 3 / 17 3 / 19
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,500
60 or Better 100
65 or Better 35
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better R-8.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 17 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 17 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 17
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 2 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 19

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1873, Mint employees used a date logotype where the loops of the 3 were so close to each other that the date could have been confused for an 1878. Later in the year, a new logotype was created with loops of the 3 moved farther apart. The Nickels weren't the only coins affected by this change -- quite a few other denominations were, as well.

In terms of relative rarity, the Closed 3 is clearly the scarcer of the two varieties. According to the PCGS Population Report (as of June 2011), PCGS had certified 66 Closed 3 and 222 Open 3 1873 Nickels in all grades. Among the Closed 3 variant population, MS-64 is the most frequently-seen grade. The finest examples certified by PCGS were three in MS-66.