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1863 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 #:
3682
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.75 grams
Mintage:
21,000
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 500 R-6.0 7 / 16 TIE 7 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 8 / 16 TIE 8 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 11 / 16 TIE 14 / 25 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 11 / 16 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 14 / 25 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade MS68+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 estimated grade
8 MS66+ PCGS grade
9 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
9 MS66 PCGS grade
MS68+ PCGS grade #1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 estimated grade
#8 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #9 MS66 PCGS grade
#9 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1863 Three-Cent Silver is a very scarce date with a mintage of only 21,000 circulation strikes. The surviving population is quite low in all grades, and most of the certified examples are in Mint State. This indicates that collectors set aside some high grade examples but did not pursue the circulated grades. The rarity of this date in Mint State is similar to that of the 1865, 1866, and 1870.

Typically, this date displays weakness on the topmost tip of the star and on the ribbon end on the opposite side of the coin. Clashmarks are not as prevalent as on other dates, but there is often a ghosting effect of details from the other side. High-end examples are very rare, with a gap in MS67 just before a single MS68 and one, monstrous PCGS MS68+ (illustrated above).