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1856 3CS (Regular Strike)

Series: Star Three Cent Silvers 1851-1872

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3672
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.75 grams
Mintage:
1,458,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 3 / 5 14 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 2 / 5 TIE 13 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 2 / 5 9 / 25 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 400
65 or Better 60
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-6.2
65 or Better R-8.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 5
60 or Better 2 / 5 TIE
65 or Better 2 / 5
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 14 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 25 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2005:203 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98101, $23,500

2 MS66+PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1261, not sold

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2005:203 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98101, $23,500

#2 MS66+PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1261, not sold

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1856, the mintage of the Three-Cent Silver jumped to almost 1.5 million pieces, presumably because of demand from commercial channels. This makes the 1856 one of the more common dates in the series. Hundreds of Mint State examples are known, mostly in MS62 to MS64. Gems are scarce but not rare, but in MS66 this date becomes extremely elusive. In MS67, the 1856 3 Cent Silver is a supreme condition-rarity.

This date often comes weakly struck, especially on the legends and stars at the periphery, but clashmarks are less of a problem for this date than, say, 1855.