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1873

 No Arrows - Open 3

     


Mintage: 60,000                                                                     Proofs: No Proofs Known With Open 3

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100

Var#

Obv

Rev

DR

 

Obverse / Reverse Quick Diagnostics

Ahwash

Greer

 

101

1

A

0B1

 

 Low Level Date / Circular Die Crack In Wreath, Closed 3 Reverse F

 

G101

 

102

1

B

0B1

 

 Low Level Date / Multiple Die Lines In Lower Right Wreath

 

G101

 

102a

1

B.2

0B1

 

 Low Level Date / Die Cracks In Wreath

A-3

G101

 

103

2

C

0R

 

 Low Date, Sl. Down Slope, Die Lines In Shield / Tilted O(N)E

A-4

G102

 

104

3

D

1L

 

 Medium Date, Downward Slope / Die Defects On DI(M)E

 

G103

 

104a

3.2

D

1L

 

 Cracked Obverse, Medium Date, Downward Slope / Die Defects On DI(M)E

 

G103

 

105

1

C

0B1

 

 Low Level Date / Tilted O(N)E

 

 


Scarcity: This variety is more available than the stated mintage would suggest.  Greer indicates that "Open 3 examples 
represent approximately one out of five 1873 No Arrows available.  The Open 3 variety however, is rare in Mint State.
 
Updated Greer Rarity Ratings
Overall Rarity: G-VG R2+, F-VF R3, EF-AU R3+, MS R6-

                                Fortin Variety Rarity Estimates In VF - Mint State

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

101

R3

-

104

R4

30-50%

102

R3

-

104a

R5

50-100%

102a

R3

-

105

R4

-

103

R4

-

     
Comments: Obverse 3, with a medium level date, is much more difficult to locate than either Obverse 1 and 2. 
The striking quality of the Open 3 obverses can vary, but fully struck examples can be located with patience.  
Open 3 examples can occasionally be cherry picked at Closed 3 prices.  As a result of the general availability 
of Open 3 dimes,  one must begin to question the historically stated mintage of 60,000.  The existence of three 
obverse dies and two Obverse 1 die marriages with the progressive degradation of the second reverse marriage, 
suggest that the Redbook mintage of 60,000 pieces in understated.  A more reasonable mintage estimate could be 
in the range 150,00 to 250,000.

1873 No Arrow dimes are found with Open and Closed 3 digits.  This difference came about in early in 1873, before 
and after the omnibus Mintage Act of February 12, 1873 which attempted to introduce metric weights for United States 
coinage.  An article in the October 10, 2005 issue of Coin World provides ample insight into the historical background 
for Open and Closed 3 date seated dimes.  Within the Coin World article, Eric von Klinger presents an excerpt from a 
series on 1873 coins in the Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine dating from March 1957 to December 1958. A. Louden Snowden, 
chief coiner of the Philadelphia Mint, wrote to Mint Director James Pollack on Jan 18, 1873: "I desire in a formal 
manner to direct your attention to the 'figures' used in dating the dies for the present year.  They are so heavy, 
and the space brtween each so small that upon the smallest gold and silver, and upon the base coins it is almost 
impossible to distinguish with the naked eye, whether the last figure is an eight or a three.  I do not think it 
creditable to the institution that the coinage of the year should be issued bearing this defect in the date."

                               Value As A Date (Coin World Trends/CoinValues

Grade

1963

1973

1983

1993

2003

2012

G

4

4.5

17.5

15

20

25

F

10

12

45

40

65

65

EF

-

20

165

100

125

130

MS60

23

100

315

600

700

750

MS63

-

-

-

-

1500

2500

 

1873 No Arrows Open 3 Gallery

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