1873 5C Open 3 MS66 Certification #22057176, PCGS #3800

Expert Comments

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. 

Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
4550000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
3
Pop Lower
303
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 5000 R-4.0 9 / 17 TIE 9 / 19 TIE
All Grades 500 R-6.0 7 / 17 TIE 7 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 7 / 17 TIE 8 / 19 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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