When the mint replaced the punch midway through 1873, it created the second nickel three-cent variety - the "Open 3." The "Open 3" is the mate to the earlier "Closed 3" variety. Just 783,000 "Open 3" nickel three-cents were struck, and with the passage of more than 130 years, who knows how many exist today? Why not add this prized 3¢ coin to your collection today? Or better yet, why not buy both varieties?