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1859 3CS (Regular Strike)

Series: Star Three Cent Silvers 1851-1872

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3677
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.75 grams
Mintage:
365,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 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 3,000 R-4.4 13 / 16 TIE 16 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 12 / 16 TIE 15 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 9 / 16 TIE 11 / 25 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 75
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 13 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 16 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 16 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 11 / 25 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 estimated grade
5 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson collection

6 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 estimated grade
#5 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson collection

MS66 PCGS grade #6 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1859, the Mint tweaked the appearance of the Tree-Cent Silver by removing one of the outlines surrounding the star, changing the shape of the lettering, and reducing the size of the digits in the date. The mintage in 1859 dropped significantly to less than a fourth of the previous year. Nonetheless, this is a relatively common date in all grades, up to and including MS66. This date suffers from clashmarks despite the redesign, but not to the degree seen on previous dates.

PCGS has certified hundreds of Mint State examples of this date, the finest of which are three PCGS MS67s.