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Lot 2226

1873 $3 Gold. Closed 3. NGC graded AU-53. Untoned. A still lustrous, smooth and attractive coin with a gradation of faint mirror finish on both sides mixing with frosted motifs. The contact from the dies is virtually complete, although perhaps a hint of weakness is seen at the lower wreath. Minor wear on the high points of the hair and feather headdress, with lighter abrasions that expected. A very choice specimen of this rarity.

Concerning the Philadelphia Mint business strikes in the three-dollar gold series, virtually all are scarce, if not rare coins in terms of total number of pieces known. Mintage figures remained limited for much of this series, and many deliveries were actually produced to the extent of fewer than 5,000 coins. Several of the post-1877 issues did not circulate widely, and most of the coins struck were probably retained in the Mint until melted at a later date. The 1873 Closed 3 mintage is unknown. Pop 8; 34 finer. (PCGS # 7995) .
Estimated Value $12,000 - 14,000.

Realized $13,800

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