1873 5C Closed 3 MS66 Certification #11211239, PCGS #3801

Expert Comments

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. 

Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
4550000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
1
Pop Lower
156
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1500 R-4.8 5 / 17 TIE 5 / 19 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 2 / 17 TIE 2 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 3 / 17 3 / 19

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade 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