Coins Certified as of 1/16

My Coin #05817732

1854 3CS PR62

PCGS#: 3701

Owner's Comments

The sale of proof coins to the general public did not begin until 1858. While proof Trimes exist in most years prior to 1858, their mintage was miniscule. Although the proof mintage for 1858 Three Cent Silvers is unknown, it was decidedly very low. Surprisingly, two varieties are known, one with a repunched 5 in the date, and the second with die lines (as minted) above TED in UNITED. This rare and untoned representative is from the second variety. It has a strike that is complete except for the details of a couple of the reverse stars. The mirrored fields lack contrast with the devices, but have good reflectivity. A few hairlines on both sides do not interfere with the appeal of this desirable, rare proof specimen.

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez: The 1854 Proof 3 Cent Silver is one of the rarest proofs in the  short lived 3 Cent series. About 30 examples are believed to exist for the 1854 Proof 3 Cent Silver in all grades combined. This coin is very rare in any condition and in PR65 and PR66 condition they are almost unknown. This issue is seldom available in the marketplace, so don't be too picky when it comes to finding an example of this date. 

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 30 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 25 R-9.0 1 / 5 3 / 24
60 or Better 22 R-9.0 1 / 5 3 / 24
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 1 / 5 2 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR65 PCGS grade  

Wilson Collection, 1906 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:863, $28,600 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30120, $41,125 - Heritage 1/2015:4027, $32,900

3 PR64+ PCGS grade

Daryl J. Haynor -
Heritage 8/2011:7040, $25,300

4 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade