History, Information, and Value of 1873-S Close 3 Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1873-S Close 3 $20 Double Eagle
The 1873-S Close 3 double eagle is a relatively well struck Type 2 Liberty Head double eagle, although the typical example will show some softness of detail to the high points of Liberty’s portrait and several of the star centrils on the obverse. Most examples of this issue were used in international commerce, their surfaces heavily abraded from having been poorly handled as part of foreign bank reserves. High grade circulated and Mint State survivors are generally lustrous with a pleasing satin or frosty texture. This is the more common date logotype among 1873-S double eagles, and circulated examples can be obtained with relative ease. Uncirculated coins are much scarcer with only a few hundred extant, most of which grade MS-60 or MS-61. A trio of MS-63 entries at PCGS constitute the top of the certified population for the 1873-S Close 3.