1873 $3 Closed 3 MS63 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The 1873 ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1873 Closed 3 Three Dollar Gold, MS63
1873 $3 Closed 3 MS63 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The 1873 three
dollar gold piece is an enigmatic issue. While 25 proofs were
reportedly struck, Mint records are silent on the striking of coins
for circulation. Nevertheless, numismatic researchers know that
business strikes, all of the Closed 3 variety, were in fact
produced, generally estimated at about 1,000 coins. Q. David
Bowers, in his United States $3 Gold Pieces reference,
estimates that 80 to 120 are known, 7 to 11 of which are in Mint
State. PCGS and NGC have certified 121 examples in all grades, 23
of which are Mint State (a number of these are likely resubmissions
or crossover coins). The finest are two PCGS-graded MS64s
No Business Strikes Officially Reported
Appealing Example With Partially Prooflike Fields
This attractive Select example displays pleasing apricot-gold surfaces. Both sides yield partially prooflike fields, as almost always seen, and these exhibit a degree of contrast with the devices at all angles. The design features are well-struck, except for a few of the usually seen areas of localized softness in Liberty's hair and the reverse ribbon bow knot. Minuscule marks on each side prevent near-Gem classification, nevertheless, this coin displays pleasing overall eye appeal. A couple of minute diagonal abrasions on the chin and a faint vertical mark on the cheek will help to identify this particular example. This is an important opportunity for the three dollar gold specialist because examples of this issue are extremely rare at this grade level. This coin is pictured on PCGS CoinFacts. Population: 2 in 63, 2 finer (4/20).
Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2014), lot 5392, realized $61,687.50; Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2014), lot 5643, realized $52,875; Legend Numismatics; Legend Rare Coins Auction (Legend Numismatics, 1/2017), lot 270; Simpson Collection.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25MW, PCGS# 77995)
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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