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1873 THREE DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7995, 8036, 8037, 98037

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: estimated 100
Proofs: estimated 40

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 20.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight:  77.4 grains (5.02 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the wreath on the reverse
     

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Varieties:
Open 3
Closed 3

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Closed 3" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64. 

No "Open 3" has been certified by PCGS in any grade.

The finest "Closed 3" Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65's.

The finest "Open 3" Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-65's. 

The finest Deep Cameo "Open 3" Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

Significant examples:
Ex - Great Lakes collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-63.  "Dished Proof".  Offered by Bowers & Merena Galleries for $32,750 in the June 11, 2001 issue of The Coin Collector

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 286, "Close 3", illustrated, sold for $34,500.00  From Stack's 1976 ANA Sale, August 1976, Lot 2897, finest certified by PCGS

SEGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1256, "Closed 3", illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 757, illustrated, "Closed 3", sold for $23,000.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 287, "Close 3", illustrated, sold for $10,925.00  From Superior's sale of December 1972, Lot 1914

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1332, "Closed 3", illustrated, sold for $9,775.00

"AU-55".  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3650, "Closed 3", sold for $6,325.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7577, "Closed 3", illustrated, sold for $7,187.50  From the Judge Thomas Butt Collection

ANACS VF-30.  Closed 3.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 854 @$3,277.00, "Probably from Superior Stamp & Coin sale, September 22, 1998, lot 2017"

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service