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1873 5c Closed 3 MS

1873 5c Closed 3 MS

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 2877)

The 1873 Five cents is part of a series of Shield nickel coins struck from 1867-1883. The specific variety is Closed 3. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Business (MS) strike, this coin is made of 75% copper; 25% nickel from a mintage of 436,050 struck.
The Closed 3 Variety from 1873 displays serifs on the 3 that are so close, it can be confused with an 8 and is far more rare than its Open 3 counterpart. Common through MS63 with MS64’s and finer gems becoming more scarce. We start seeing true rarity in this issue at the MS66 level.
Obverse: A shield flanked on the left and right by leaves topped with a cross with arrows positioned behind at the bottom so the arrow heads and shanks protrude at the sides. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST appears at the top periphery with the date positioned at the bottom center.
Reverse: A large numeral 5 surrounded by 13 stars centered in the design with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA * CENTS around the periphery.

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Catalog Detail

GSID: 2877
Coin Date: 1873
Denomination: 5c / Five cents
Designation: MS
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 436,050
Coinage Type: Shield nickel
Coinage Years: 1867-1883
Composition: 75% copper; 25% nickel
Variety: Closed 3
Strike Type: Business
Diameter: 20.5 mm
Weight: 5 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: James B. Longacre
Obverse Lettering: IN GOD WE TRUST, 1873
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Lettering: 5, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CENTS
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
PCGS #: 3801
NGC ID: 22P7
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