1873 5C Closed 3 (Proof)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+

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CLOSEUP OF "CLOSED" 3

CLOSEUP OF "CLOSED" 3

PCGS PR67

PCGS PR67

PCGS #:
3827
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
1,100
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 950 R-5.1 11 / 18 13 / 20
60 or Better 920 R-5.1 11 / 18 TIE 13 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 6 / 18 TIE 7 / 20 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 950
60 or Better 920
65 or Better 200
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.1
60 or Better R-5.1
65 or Better R-7.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 11 / 18
60 or Better 11 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 18 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 20
60 or Better 13 / 20 TIE
65 or Better 7 / 20 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
4 PR66 PCGS grade PCGS #3827 (PR)     66
4 PR66 PCGS grade
4 PR66 PCGS grade
4 PR66 PCGS grade
4 PR66 PCGS grade
4 PR66 PCGS grade
4 PR66 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
#1 PR67 PCGS grade
PCGS #3827 (PR)     66 #4 PR66 PCGS grade
#4 PR66 PCGS grade
#4 PR66 PCGS grade
#4 PR66 PCGS grade
#4 PR66 PCGS grade
#4 PR66 PCGS grade
#4 PR66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

All of the 1873 Proof Nickels are of the "Closed 3" variety, meaning that the loops of the 3 were so close to each other that some observers thought the 3 looked like an 8. This same defect appeared on all of the earliest Proof coins of all denominations in 1873. Later in the year, corrected versions of many of the coins appeared, this time with a 3 that looked like a 3. However, none of the 1873 Proof Shield Nickels were struck with an Open 3; at least, none have been discovered so far.

As of December 2011, PCGS has certified over 400 Proof 1873 Nickels, mostly in PR-64. Cameos make up just over 15% of the population, but this may increase in the future because PCGS has not always recognized cameos. To date, no Deep Cameo Proof 1873 Nickels have appeared on the market. The finest 1873 Nickels certified by PCGS include 2 non-Cameo PR-67s and 15 PR-66CAMs.