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1873 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1873 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse

  
1873 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 9088

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,709,800
Proofs: 25

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 34 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 516 grains (33.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties:
Open 3  Closeup of 1873 Open 3 Double Eagle Date

Closed 3

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection

Recent appearances:
MS-62.  Ex - Goliad Corporation, March 15, 1972 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 887, "Open 3", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00 - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 905, unsold

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9224, "Open 3", plated, unsold

ICG MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9225, "Open 3", plated, sold for $1,265.00

ANACS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7452,  "Open 3", not illustrated, not sold

ANACS MS-61.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7855, "Open 3", not illustrated, sold for $546.25

PCGS MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2545, sold for $1,035.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4140, "Open 3", illustrated, sold for $546.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1747, sold for $718.75

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4137, "Closed 3", not illustrated, sold for $805.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 884, "Closed 3", illustrated, sold for $805.00  Purchased from Parke-Bernet Galleries

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 317, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 318, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7856, "Closed 3", not illustrated, not sold

AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 907, "Open 3", sold for $546.25

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1748, sold for $632.50

Choice AU.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1749, sold for $517.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1750, sold for $460.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1346, "Open 3", not plated, sold for $316.25

Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1878, "Open 3", not plated, sold for $345.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 885, "Closed 3", not illustrated, sold for $529.00  Purchased from Lester Merkin, June 15, 1967

NGC EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9226, "Closed 3", not plated, sold for $437.00

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4139, "Closed 3", not illustrated, sold for $333.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 886, "Closed 3", not illustrated, sold for $368.00 

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1751, sold for $345.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1347, "Open 3", not plated, sold for $287.50

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1348, "Open 3", not plated, sold for $287.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Open 3" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Uncirculated "Closed 3" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

The finest Proof "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service