The first Three-Cent Nickels of 1873 utilized the same-sized date logotypes as in previous years. Unfortunately, the small date and the shape of the 3 made it appear to be an 8 at a quick glance. Mint officials noticed this discrepancy and changed the shape of the 3 by opening the loops so that it no longer looked like an 8. By doing so, they created two varieties for the year.
According to the PCGS Population Report, the certified population of the Closed 3 variety is almost twice that of the Open 3, which is in line with their original mintages. Despite this difference, most price guides value them equally.
The finest examples certified by PCGS include ten MS66's.
Two and Three Cents; Three Cent Nickel
The United States of America
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
James Barton Longacre
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1873 3c Nickel Three Cent Piece Closde 3 Very Fine to Extra Fine. Void of relevant marks
3 Cent Nickel
Very Fine to Extra Fine
Nickel; 3 Cents
Coronet head left, date below
Roman numeral value within wreath
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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