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Obverse of 1873 Five Cents     Reverse of 1873 Five Cents


1873 FIVE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3800, 3801, 3827

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,550,000
Proofs: est. 1,100

Designer: James B. Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 75%
Nickel - 25%

Weight: 5 grams

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Open 3" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's.

The finest Uncirculated "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest Uncirculated "Large/Small 3" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-55.

The finest Proof "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 8 PRCA-66's.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6765, "Open 3", not illustrated, sold for $3,565.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7846, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS Proof-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14, 2000, Lot 1073, "Closed 3"

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1553, "Closed 3"

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 110, not illustrated, sold for $805.00  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 313, "Closed 3", plated, sold for $517.50

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 314, "Closed 3", not plated, sold for $862.50

MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5173, "Open 3", not illustrated, sold for $460.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7841, "Closed 3", not illustrated, sold for $425.00

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