1873 5C Open 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Shield Five Cents 1866-1883

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3800
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 5,000 R-4.0 9 / 17 TIE 9 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 7 / 17 TIE 7 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 17 TIE 8 / 19 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 17 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 17 TIE
65 or Better 7 / 17 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 19 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 19 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
Jaime Hernandez:

In 1873 the Mint struck two different major varieties for the Shield Nickel. It struck an Open 3 and Closed 3 variety. The Open 3 variety shows the serifs on the 3 digit more spaced apart from one another, hence, referred to as the Open 3 variety. The Open 3 variety is the more common of the two varieties and some believe it is about 10 times more common than the Closed 3 date variety.

In Uncirculated grades, there are possibly about 500 examples remaining. In MS60 to MS63, there are probably about 300 - 350 examples in existence. Most uncirculated examples are in MS64 grade, with possibly about 150 examples known. In MS65, possibly about 50 examples survive. In MS66 grade, about 10 examples are known with none being finer.