1856 3CS XF45

CERTIFICATION#: 12492128
PCGS#: 3672

Owner's Comments

Purchased at the 1991 TSNS show.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1856, the mintage of the Three-Cent Silver jumped to almost 1.5 million pieces, presumably because of demand from commercial channels.  This makes the 1856 one of the more common dates in the series.  Hundreds of Mint State examples are known, mostly in MS62 to MS64.  Gems are scarce but not rare, but in MS66 this date becomes extremely elusive -- only three have been graded at this level by PCGS, with none higher.

This date often comes weakly struck, especially on the legends and stars at the periphery, but clashmarks are less of a problem for this date than, say, 1855.

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,458,000 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 2,000 R-4.6 3 / 5 14 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 2 / 5 TIE 13 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 2 / 5 9 / 25 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade Simpson Collection
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade