With a mintage of only 25 the 1873 Half Eagle in Proof is a coin which requires little to no introduction. Sometimes, numbers simply speak for themselves. While some scholars think as many as 20 examples still exist, they’re paying too much to errant population reports that take no consideration for the number of times any particular coin has been resubmitted to the grading services.
I happen to think the true number of extant coins is no more than 10-12 examples. Just the number of public appearances for the date over the last 30 years can point you in that direction.
All Proof 1873 Half Eagles are of the Closed 3 variety. We absolutely love Proof gold in this market. It blends the perfect amount of rarity and aesthetics for incredible relative value.