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    Condition Census 1873 Closed 3 Three Dollar Gold

    1873 $3 Closed 3 MS64 PCGS. In a series with numerous rarities, the 1873 Closed 3 is one of the most elusive Three Dollar issues as a business strike and certainly the most mysterious, as no official records indicate the striking of an 1873 (closed or open) for commerce. Based on the number of survivors, one must surmise that at least 200-300 pieces were produced and we can speculate that their omission from mint records was probably an oversight of an early (January) delivery. When seen, the typical 1873 Closed 3 generally shows a modest amount of circulation, with even a few VFs reported, and, as could be expected from the limited production, virtually all display various degrees of prooflikeness. The few Mint State pieces that have surfaced over the past 10-15 years are invariably well abraded and only of average quality.
    The prooflike nature of this exciting coin does amplify some trivial obverse field marks, but the reverse is much cleaner in appearance and, like the obverse, shows a fully brilliant appearance. About 30 degrees of clockwise die rotation is noted. In short, we have not seen the equal of this choice 1873 Closed 3 and it may very well be the finest known example. Population: 1 in 64, none finer (11/04).(#7995) (Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 25MW, PCGS# 7995)

    Weight: 5.02 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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