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1873-P Type 2 Open 3 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle MS60

Only minted for 10 years - difficult to aquire in high grades

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Denomination Double Eagles
Series Liberty Head
Composition Gold
Year 1873
Mint Philadelphia (P)
Grade Mint State
Mint State Score MS 60
Designation Condition Rarity
Certification PCGS, NGC

1873-P Type 2 Open 3 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle MS60


Liberty Head Gold Double Eagles were first minted in 1850 and continued production until 1907. This example was struck at the Philadelphia Mint during 1873 and is graded Mint State 60. These 1873 ''Open 3'' Liberty Head Gold Double Eagles are of the Type 2 variety, which was only minted for 10 years and is notorious for being extremely difficult to find in high grades. Although the total mintage of this issue is 1,709,800, it is unknown how many of these coins still exist due to the passing of Executive Order 6102. This order sought to revive the American economy by recalling circulating gold to be melted down. It is because of this order that gold coins of this era, such as the Liberty Head Double Eagle, are so rare. Out of all 1873 ''Open 3'' Liberty Head Double Eagles minted, significantly less than 1% of the examples have been graded in MS60 condition, making this coin a tremendous Condition Rarity. The Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle, designed by James B. Longacre, was the first Double Eagle, or twenty dollar denomination coin, minted in the United States. The reasoning behind creating a new twenty dollar coin composed of 90% gold was due to the California Gold Rush, which introduced massive amounts of gold into the economy.