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    1873 Closed 3 Cent, MS66 Red
    Scarcer, Early Date Variant

    1873 1C Closed 3 MS66 Red PCGS. CAC. Eagle Eye Photo Seal. After delivering approximately 3 million 1873-dated coins, the Mint changed the date punch for the Indian cent to display an open 3 in the date. The initial date punch, which has come to be known as the Closed 3, resembled the date 1878 too closely with the result that Chief Coiner Archibald Loudon Snowden filed a formal complaint on January 18, 1873. The balance of the 11.6 million-coin 1873 delivery comprised coins of the Open 3 variety. With a much lower original mintage, the Closed 3 is the rarer of the two date styles produced this year. Examples are even more difficult to find with strong eye appeal because many survivors are plagued by streaky toning and/or inadequate striking detail. Not so the present Premium Gem. Every element of the timeless design is at least boldly impressed, and most are sharp. The bright, lustrous surfaces reveal well-blended gold, orange, and red colors that leave little doubt about this coin's originality. There are no outwardly distracting blemishes, but pedigree of this important coin compels us to mention a tiny obverse spot in the field above the 7 in the date. Combined NGC and PCGS population at the MS66 Red level is a mere 11 coins, and there are only two finer (5/19).
    Ex: Joseph P. Gorrell Collection (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 4431; Joseph C. Thomas Collection / Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2009), lot 2076.
    From The Castle Collection. (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 227X, PCGS# 2111)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & Zinc


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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