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1851 3CS (Regular Strike)

Series: Star Three Cent Silvers 1851-1872

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
3664
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.80 grams
Mintage:
5,447,400
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Silver, 25% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
	MS67 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 
	MS67 PCGS grade 
#2 MS67 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

MS67 PCGS grade #2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
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.