1803 $1 Small 3 MS63

PCGS#: 6900

Owner's Comments

This awesome second finest known specimen of the BB-254 variety traces its provenance to the Freisner, Clapp, Eliasberg and Flannagan collections. Image.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1803, engravers at the Philadelphia mint used two different punches for the 3 of the date on Silver Dollars of that year.  One is known as the Small 3, the other as the Large 3.  The difference is obvious, not so much because of an actual size difference, but because of the dramatic difference in the shapes of the 3's.  On the Small 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 has no upper serif, and the lower serif points down.  On the Large 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 ends with top and lower serifs aligned in a vertical arrangement, pointing up and down.

The two varieties appear to be fairly equal in terms of survivors, though the Small 3 is slightly more common and can be found in higher Mint State grades than the Large 3.  Mint State examples of both varieties are very rare.  According to the April 2012 PCGS Population Report, the finest 1803 Small 3 Dollars are a pair of MS64s.

Diameter: 40.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Lettered: HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT
Mintage: 85,634 Weight: 27.00 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,800 R-4.6 24 / 29 TIE 32 / 39 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 14 / 29 TIE 20 / 39 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 29 1 / 39

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade