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    1873 Three Dollar Gold Piece, PR61
    Very Rare Closed 3 Variety
    Ex: Jewell

    1873 $3 Closed 3 PR61 PCGS. The proof 1873 Closed 3 is a great rarity. According to the definitive 2005 Winter-Bowers reference on the three dollar series, only four to six proofs are known. This makes the proof issue rarer than the proof-only 1873 Open 3, 1875, and 1876, all of which have at least triple the number of survivors. Only the proof 1855 is rarer (three to five known), and by a slender margin.
    The business strike 1873 Closed 3 is also rare. Winter and Bowers estimate a mintage of just 600 to 900 pieces. Identification of the proofs is possible because proofs and business strikes are struck from different pairs of dies. The date location is slightly to the left on the proof, relative to the commercial strikes. The proof obverse die is slightly convex, which gives the obverse field of the present piece a subtly bulged appearance, as made. Harry W. Bass, Jr. was the first to note that 1873 Closed 3 proofs come with and without a bulged obverse field. This suggests that the obverse die was improperly prepared for coinage.
    The present specimen is deeply toned in orange-peach shades. The few minute marks are expected of the grade. The letters in DOLLARS and the numerals 1873 are in low relief, as produced, and there is slight merging of detail on the highpoints of Liberty's hair. Another opportunity to acquire an affordable example of this extremely rare proof issue may not arrive again for many years. Population: 1 in 61, 3 finer (10/10).
    Ex: Richard Jewell Collection of $3 Gold Pieces (American Numismatic Rarities, 3/2005), lot 640, which realized $36,800.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 28AE, PCGS# 8036)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    5th-9th Wednesday-Sunday
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