A spectacular prooflike Gem example. Sharply struck and vividly toned, especially on the reverse, in electric hues of gold, blue, and pink. A desirable low-mintage issue. A mere 4,360 trimes were minted in 1871, with proofs accounting for 960 pieces. Today, Gem business strikes are much scarcer than proofs and sell for substantially higher premiums in corresponding grades of preservation.
Ron Guth: The 1871 Three-Cent Silver is a scarce, low mintage date that is desirable in all grades, though they are usually found nice since a high percentage were saved by collectors. The raw mintage is a mere 3,400 coins, plus 1,000 Proofs. Mint State versions come nice, usually MS-64 to MS-65. Even MS-66 and MS-67 examples show decent populations, including 11 at the PCGS MS67 level (as of November 2011). A small percentage come with Prooflike surfaces.