According to official records, only 25 three dollar gold pieces were struck in 1873, all proofs. Yet, a small population of circulation-strike Closed 3 coins is known today, mostly in AU grades. The number of pieces originally struck has been estimated at anywhere from 100 to 1,000 coins, and it has been reasoned that the coinage might have occurred early in the year, as suggested by the Closed 3 logotype in the date.
The mintage of the 1873 Closed 3 three dollar gold coin was never noted, and it is assumed that less than 1000 of these coins were struck. This specimen has a deep gold coloring and shows some wear on the field. With only 14 known in the PCGS AU55 grade, it makes an excellent addition to anyone’s collection of threes.