1873 1C Open 3, BN MS65BN Certification #33385575, PCGS #2106

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

On most of the earliest versions of 1873 coins, the 3 of the date looked more like an 8 because the loops of the 3 were so close together.  This was changed later in the year, creating two major varieties: Closed 3 and Open 3.

The Open 3 variety appears to be twice as common as the Closed 3 variety, per the PCGS Population Report (as of July 2011).  The 1873 Open 3 Cent is readily available in all grades up to, and including, MS-64.  In Gem condition, any 1873 Indian Cent is scarce; the Open 3 variety becomes very rare in MS-66.  None have been graded higher. 

The population of Brown 1873 Open 3 Cents is less than that of Red-Brown examples, but that is due primarily to the lower value of the Brown versions (which does not always justify getting them certified).

PCGS #
2106
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Weight
3.11 grams
Mintage
11676500
Metal
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Pop Higher
1
Pop Lower
859
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 4000 R-4.2 13 / 55 TIE 13 / 55 TIE
All Grades 120 R-7.8 10 / 55 TIE 10 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 10 / 55 TIE 10 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 4000
All Grades 120
60 or Better 10
65 or Better R-4.2
All Grades R-7.8
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better 13 / 55 TIE
All Grades 10 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 55 TIE
All Grades 10 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 55 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade
#2 MS65BN PCGS grade