The 1873 Liberty Head double eagles have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these gold coins.

1873 Liberty Head Double Eagle

Specifications

Type: Liberty Head Double Eagle
Year: 1873
Face Value: $20.00
Composition: 90% gold, 10% copper
Gold Weight: .9675 oz.
Total Weight: 33.436 grams
Current Gold Bullion Value: $2,267.96

The US minted the 1873 Liberty Head double eagle with no mint mark and also the 1873 CC Liberty Head double eagle and 1873 S Liberty Head double eagle. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the eagle.

The 1873 Liberty Head double eagle with no mint mark and the 1873 S Liberty Head double eagle each have two different varieties. There are coins with the closed 3 in the date and coins with the open 3 in the date. See the image below for reference.

Double Eagle Closed 3 vs Open 3

Series Location Quantity Minted
1873 Philadelphia 1,709,800
1873 CC Carson City 22,410
1873 S San Francisco 1,040,600

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in gold. The gold melt value for this coin is $2,267.96 as of April 14, 2024. This melt value is calculated from the current gold spot price of $2,344.15 per ounce.

The 1873 Liberty Head double eagle with no mint mark and the closed 3 is worth around $2,250 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $2,300. In uncirculated condition the price is around $5,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade.

The 1873 Liberty Head double eagle with no mint mark and the open 3 is worth around $2,200 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $2,250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $2,400 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $5,500.

The 1873 CC Liberty Head double eagle is worth around $4,750 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $11,500. In uncirculated condition the price is around $60,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $150,000.

The 1873 S Liberty Head double eagle with the closed 3 is worth around $2,200 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $2,250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $2,450 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $21,500.

The 1873 S Liberty Head double eagle with the open 3 is worth around $2,200 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $2,250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $5,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available. These coins have a matte finish. They are each valued at around $100,000 in PR 63 condition. There were 25 proof coins minted.

Grading System

Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" inscribed on Liberty's crown is bold. The rounded prongs on the crown are well-defined. Liberty's hair is worn around the ear.

Extremely fine- The rounded prongs on the crown show traces of wear. Liberty's hair curls show traces of wear. Minor bag marks are present.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

PR-63BN proof- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent. The color is brown.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1874 Liberty Head Double Eagle