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    1873 Open 3 Three Dollar, PR62
    Only 13 to 18 Pieces Believed Known

    1873 $3 Open 3 PR62 PCGS. JD-1, Low R.7. Proof 1873 three dollar gold pieces are decidedly rare. This issue is known with both the Closed and Open 3 date types, although the Closed 3 variant is the rarer of the two with only four to six pieces believed known. In The United States $3 Gold Pieces, Dave Bowers and Doug Winter estimate that 13 to 18 Open 3 proofs survive.

    Mint records indicate a coinage of 25 proofs, struck in February 1873, and no circulation strikes. It is unclear if the reported proofs were Closed 3 or Open 3 coins, or perhaps a combination. Bowers and Winter suggest additional proofs were struck later in the year, as evidenced by a rusted die state of the Open 3 coin. Others have suggested that some coins are restrikes of later years. Despite a lack of Mint documentation, circulation strikes are also known, all showing the Closed 3 logotype.

    The rarity of the proof 1873 issue is not always fully appreciated. Since our Permanent Auction Archives began in 1993, we have handled an 1873 proof on only eight occasions, including reappearances of individual pieces. This is the only Open 3 proof that we have handled in more than a decade, and we have not seen a Closed 3 proof since 2011. This PR62 Open 3 coin is sharp and deeply mirrored in the fields. Hairlines on each side limit the grade but none are particularly bothersome. Eye appeal is outstanding for the PR62 level, although the sheer rarity of this coin is its primary appeal. Population: 4 in 62, 8 finer (3/19).
    From The Chinook Collection. (Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28AF, PCGS# 8037)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    April, 2019
    25th-28th Thursday-Sunday
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