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1866 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 #:
3686
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.75 grams
Mintage:
22,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
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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 600 R-5.8 10 / 16 10 / 25
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 8 / 16 TIE 8 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 8 / 16 9 / 25 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 600
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 60
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.4
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 10 / 16
60 or Better 8 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 16
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 10 / 25
60 or Better 8 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 25 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

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

Simpson Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:3667, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30117

3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:3667, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30117

#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1866 Three Cent Silver has the third highest mintage of any date from the 1860's, but that is such a meaningless statement because the mintage of the 1866 is a mere fraction of the mintages of the top two dates (1861 and 1861). Both of those dates have mintages of at least 340,000, while the Mint made only 22,000 of the 1866. In reality, collectors value ther 1866 at nearly the same prices as other date with mintages as low as 8,000.

In general, this date is very well struck, usually with full outlines around the star and with nice detailing of the ribbon and leaves on the reverse. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census for this date includes mostly MS-67 examples. A single PCGS MS-68 (from the remarkable Simpson Collection) sits atop the condition ladder.