1869 3CS MS68

PCGS#: 3689

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Like many of the late date Three-Cent Silvers, the 1869 has a tiny mintage and it is rare in all grades.  Proof examples are easier to locate, so some collectors, especially date collectors, will accept a Proof as a substitute for the rare Mint State example.  However, purists stick with the true Uncirculated examples, placing extra price pressure upon them. 

In terms of rarity, the 1869 correlates closely to the 1867, which has a similar mintage and survival rates.  In fact, the listings in the PCGS Population Report, at least in Mint State, track each other almost identically.

The typical 1869 Three Cent Silver is usually well struck and will come either frosty or Prooflike.  The finest examples certified by PCGS include four MS66s and none finer.

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 4,500 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 300 R-6.4 4 / 16 TIE 4 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 85 R-8.1 5 / 16 5 / 25
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 5 / 16 5 / 25

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 8/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30118

3 MS66 PCGS grade