1851 3CS MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 50000073
PCGS#: 3664

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1851 Three Cent Silver is the second most common date in the series, nearly as common as the 1852.  Normally, one would expect the first year of the type to be the most common, as they usually have the highest mintage and/or were put aside in large quantities by collectors.  This may have been the case, but collectors seem to have favored the 1852 over the 1851 for some reason.  In any event, collectors of today will have no difficulty acquiring an 1851 Three Cent piece, including Mint State examples.

The typical Mint State 1851 Three Cent piece grades MS-64, though MS-63 appear nearly as frequently.  Even MS-65 and MS-66 examples appear frequently.  According to the September 2011 PCGS Population Report, the finest examples of this date are 11 MS-67s.

Diameter: 14.30 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 5,447,400 Weight: .80 grams Metal Content: 75% Silver, 25% Copper
2
20
1
3
18
2
4
30
6
35
8
48
5
12
55
3
45+
100
50+
140
53+
160
55+
190
58+
215
62+
245
63+
325
64+
595
3
66+
2,750
8
67+
8,250
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 25,000 R-2.7 2 / 4 TIE 23 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 3 / 4 24 / 25
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 3 / 4 TIE 23 / 25 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade