A key date three-dollar gold piece and a very challenging issue both to understand and collect, the 1873 Close 3 has an unknown original mintage. Most numismatic scholars (Q. David Bowers and Doug Winter, 2005, among them) accept an estimated mintage of 600-900 coins, and it is likely that fewer than 150 examples have survived at all levels of preservation. Strong suits for this particular survivor include a razor sharp strike, freedom from distracting abrasions and ample evidence of a prooflike finish. On the debit side, orange-khaki surfaces are a bit glossy in texture from a light cleaning. Sure to find many willing buyers among advanced collectors of 19th century U.S. gold coinage.