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1857-S $3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Princess $3 1854-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
7977
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Weight:
5.02 grams
Mintage:
14,250
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% 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 550 R-5.9 15 / 41 TIE 15 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 41 TIE 1 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 41 1 / 41
Survival Estimate
All Grades 550
60 or Better 4
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.9
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 15 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 41
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 15 / 41 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 41 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 41

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Dorothy Gershenson Collection, sold privately - Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3097, $76,375

2 MS62+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Dorothy Gershenson Collection, sold privately - Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3097, $76,375

#2 MS62+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): This date is very scarce in any condition and is almost unobtainable better than EF. Only the 1855-S had fewer combined auction records in AU and Unc. In fact, the 1857-S had the 10th lowest total number of auction records in our 238 catalogue auction survey in the entire series and the fifth (sixth if one counts the 1873 Closed 3) lowest number among the regular issues. This is one of four regularly issued dates in the series of which I have never seen a mint state specimen. (The 1854-D, 1855-S, and 1860-S are the other three.) I have, however, seen two AU50 pieces and one AU55 in addition to a small number of EF's. The vast majority of known specimens are VF or less as evidenced by the fact that 53 out of 79 auction records in our auction survey are for low grade pieces. Overall, this scarce and underrated date tied for first in the entire series according to rarity by average grade.