Estimated grade. Ex. Maris (1886) Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '80 Price realized $32500
Jaime Hernandez: One of the great rarieties in the Silver 3 Cent series. The 1851 Proof 3 Cent Silver coins are beleived to have been struck to celebrate the introduction of this new series. Breen indicated there were 4 examples struck in Proof. PCGS has certified one lone in example in PR66, this is the same example that was sold in in the 1996 Eliasberg Sale, at the time described as being in PR65 condition.
S.H. & H. Chapman “Nicholas Petry Collection” 5/1893 - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:859, $61,600 - Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3034, $172,500