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1803 $1 Small 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Dollars 1795-1803

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6900
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Lettered: HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT
Diameter:
40.00 millimeters
Weight:
27.00 grams
Mintage:
85,634
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,800 R-4.6 24 / 29 TIE 32 / 39 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 14 / 29 TIE 20 / 39 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 29 1 / 39
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,800
60 or Better 10
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 24 / 29 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 29 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 29
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 32 / 39 TIE
60 or Better 20 / 39 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 39

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 estimated grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7405, $46,000 - Dale Friend Collection

6 MS62 PCGS grade
8 AU58 PCGS grade
8 AU58 PCGS grade
8 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 estimated grade
#6 MS62 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7405, $46,000 - Dale Friend Collection

#6 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 AU58 PCGS grade
#8 AU58 PCGS grade
#8 AU58 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1803, engravers at the Philadelphia mint used two different punches for the 3 of the date on Silver Dollars of that year. One is known as the Small 3, the other as the Large 3. The difference is obvious, not so much because of an actual size difference, but because of the dramatic difference in the shapes of the 3's. On the Small 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 has no upper serif, and the lower serif points down. On the Large 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 ends with top and lower serifs aligned in a vertical arrangement, pointing up and down.

The two varieties appear to be fairly equal in terms of survivors, though the Small 3 is slightly more common and can be found in higher Mint State grades than the Large 3. Mint State examples of both varieties are very rare. According to the April 2012 PCGS Population Report, the finest 1803 Small 3 Dollars are a pair of MS64s.