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1864 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 #:
3684
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.75 grams
Mintage:
12,000
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

Simpson collection

1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
7 MS67 PCGS grade
7 MS67 PCGS grade
7 MS67 PCGS grade
7 MS67 PCGS grade
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade

Simpson collection

#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#7 MS67 PCGS grade
#7 MS67 PCGS grade
#7 MS67 PCGS grade
#7 MS67 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1864 Three-Cent Silver has a deliciously low mintage of only 12,000 circulation strikes (all of the dates from 1862 show declining mintagaes, with one small spike in 1866). Surprsingly, the number of surviving examples, especially those that are certified, is much higher than normally expected. For instance, the PCGS Population Report shows a higher number of mint state 1864 Three Cent Silvers than the 1866, which has a mintage almost twice as high as the former. Why so many nice examples were set aside by collectors is unknown.

This date, like so many in this series, comes with clashmarks. These are usually seen on the obverse in the shape of a diamond in the left field and other outlines in some of the inner points of the stars. Reverse clashmarks are either light or nonexistent.

The finest examples certified by PCGS are six in MS68.

Breen warns of counterfeit examples of this date, so authentication is recommended.