1873-S $20 Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

PCGS #:
8969
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
1,040,600
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
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 5,375 R-3.9 27 / 31 96 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 21 / 31 75 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 31 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,375
60 or Better 250
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.9
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 27 / 31
60 or Better 21 / 31
65 or Better 1 / 31
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 96 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 75 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS62+ PCGS grade
4 MS62+ PCGS grade
4 MS62+ PCGS grade
4 MS62+ PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #8969 (MS) 62

"AWA" Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:9725, $9,775

8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

MS63 PCGS grade #1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#4 MS62+ PCGS grade
#4 MS62+ PCGS grade
#4 MS62+ PCGS grade
#4 MS62+ PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #8969 (MS) 62 
#8 MS62 PCGS grade

"AWA" Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:9725, $9,775

#8 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS62 PCGS grade
Gordon Wrubel: San Francisco minted 1873 Twenty Liberty coins come with both Open and Closed 3s. But, unlike her Philadelphia sisters, the Closed 3 is the more common occurrence. The ratio of Closed to Open is about three to one. If you are looking at a raw coin and do not have the comparison photos above for reference, it is easy to determine whether the coin has an Open or Closed 3. The ball at the end of the lower loop of the 3 is about the same size as the opening of the 3 and may just pass through. On the Closed three the ball will not pass through the opening. As you can determine from the Condition Census above, this coin is rare graded higher than MS 62.
David Akers (1975/88):

There are two main varieties of this issue just as there are two varieties of the 1873 Philadelphia Mint issue. Both varieties are scarce but the Open 3 variety is the more rare of the two. As a date (i.e. not considering the two varieties as separate issues), the 1873-S is similar in overall rarity to the 1869-S, 1870-S 1871-S and 1872-S. However, the 1873-S is not as rare in full mint state as the four S-Mints immediately preceeding it. Nevertheless, in strictly uncirculated condition, the 1873-S is scarce and in choice or gem Unc. it is definitely rare.