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1851-O 3CS (Regular Strike)

Series: Star Three Cent Silvers 1851-1872

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
3665
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.80 grams
Mintage:
720,000
Mint:
New Orleans
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 3,500 R-4.3 1 / 4 18 / 25
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 1 / 4 15 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 1 / 4 14 / 25 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,500
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.3
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 4
60 or Better 1 / 4
65 or Better 1 / 4
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 18 / 25
60 or Better 15 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 14 / 25 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	MS66+ PCGS grade 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1851-O is the only Three Cent Silver struck outside of the Philadelphia Mint. It is easily the scarcest of the Type One Three Cent Silvers, but it is more common than all of the Type 2 and Type 3 Three Cent Silvers except for the 1861 and 1862. However, demand for this date is high because of its mintmark. Mint State examples are fairly easy to locate, but most will be in the MS-63 and MS-64 range. Gems start to become scarce and none have been graded finer than MS-66 by PCGS (as of May 2011) except for the single MS-66+ in the unrivalled Simpson Collection. Most high-end examples of this date feature colorful toning and deep, frosty luster.

Jaime Hernandez:

This is the only Three Cent coin struck by the New Orleans Mint. It is also the only coin that has a mint mark. The 1851-O is the toughest coin in the Type 1 series as it has the lowest mintage in the Type 1 series or for coins with the small star design. In uncirculated grades it is also the toughest coin as this is the only coin in the Type 1 series with no coins graded higher than Ms66 condition.