1865 3CS MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 01454561
PCGS#: 3685

Owner's Comments

Rich, golden russet with touches of green and blue! Dazzling Mint Frost!!!

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In keeping with a trend established a couple of years earlier, the mintage of the 1865 Three Cent Silver dropped to a mere 8,000 circulation strikes.  The survival of high-grade examples of this date is similar to that of the higher-mintage 1863, but it is harder to find comparable quality examples of the former.  This drops the median grade of Mitn State 1865s to the MS63 to MS64 range, with fewer MS66 examples.  At the very top of the condition ladder, the 1865 is represented by a single PCGS MS68. 

Survivors included fully struck, unclashed examples and frosty, lightly clashed examples.  Prooflike examples exist, which creates confusion because Mint State examples are decidely more rare than Proofs.

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 8,000 Weight: .75 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 400 R-6.2 6 / 16 6 / 25
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 7 / 16 7 / 25
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 7 / 16 8 / 25

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade Simpson collection
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade