1856-S $3 MS64

CERTIFICATION#: 50169920
PCGS#: 7975

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1856-S has the fifth highest mintage of the series and, not surprisingly, the fifth greatest number of auction records in our 238 catalogue auction survey. However, the overwhelming majority of those records are for low grade specimens (116 out of 177 were VF or less) and, indeed, the 1856-S is very difficult to obtain better then EF. In fact, this date is ranked third overall in rarity according to average grade, although it is more obtainable in unc. than the 1854-D, 1865, or the other S Mint three dolalr gold pieces. There are three different size mintmarks on the 1856-S, small, medium, and large. The small S is the same size as on the 1860-S while the large S is the same as on the 1855-S and 1857-S. The most common of the three varieties is the Medium S variety and both the Large S and Small S varieties are rare in any condition.

Diameter: 20.50 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 34,500 Weight: 5.02 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
45+
2,150
50+
2,900
53+
3,750
55+
4,800
58+
7,500
60
11,500
62
19,000
2
62+
21,000
63+
31,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 36 / 41 TIE 36 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 7 / 41 TIE 7 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 41 1 / 41

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade