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1869 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 #:
3689
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.75 grams
Mintage:
4,500
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 300 R-6.4 4 / 16 TIE 4 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 85 R-8.1 5 / 16 5 / 25
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 5 / 16 5 / 25
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better 85
65 or Better 20
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-8.1
65 or Better R-9.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 16
65 or Better 5 / 16
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 4 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 25
65 or Better 5 / 25

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 8/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30118

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 estimated grade
3 MS66 estimated grade
9 MS65 PCGS grade
9 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 8/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30118

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 estimated grade
#3 MS66 estimated grade
#9 MS65 PCGS grade
#9 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Like many of the late date Three-Cent Silvers, the 1869 has a tiny mintage and it is rare in all grades. Proof examples are easier to locate, so some collectors, especially date collectors, will accept a Proof as a substitute for the rare Mint State example. However, purists stick with the true Uncirculated examples, placing extra price pressure upon them.

In terms of rarity, the 1869 correlates closely to the 1867, which has a similar mintage and survival rates. In fact, the listings in the PCGS Population Report, at least in Mint State, track each other almost identically.

The typical 1869 Three Cent Silver is usually well struck and will come either frosty or Prooflike. The finest examples certified by PCGS include four MS66s and none finer.