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    1873 Closed 3 Three Dollar, MS62 Prooflike
    One of Five Prooflike Examples

    1873 $3 Closed 3 MS62 Prooflike NGC. The 1873 three dollar gold issue is a mysterious one. Mint records reveal a production of 25 proofs but are silent on the number of business strikes, though it is known a number were minted. Later commentators have suggested mintages ranging from 100 to 1,000 pieces. NGC and PCGS have seen a little over 100 1873 circulation strikes. A mere five pieces have been designated Prooflike, all by NGC.

    The prooflike fields on this MS62 piece highlight the devices at various angles. The design elements are well-struck save for the usually seen weakness in the bowknot. Rich orange-gold color with lavender and ice-blue overtones enhances both sides, and the only noticeable marks are in a tight cluster in the field below TA. A marvelous and enigmatic coin. Census: 3 in 62 Prooflike, 1 finer (11/13).
    From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation. (NGC ID# 25MW, PCGS# 77995)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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