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1870 3CS (Regular Strike)

Series: Star Three Cent Silvers 1851-1872

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3691
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Weight:
0.75 grams
Mintage:
3,000
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 100 R-8.0 6 / 16 6 / 25
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 6 / 16 7 / 25
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 100
65 or Better 40
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 16
65 or Better 6 / 16
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 25
65 or Better 7 / 25

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Ipswitch” Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2018:22, $27,025

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Ipswitch” Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2018:22, $27,025

#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#3 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1870 Three-Cent Silver has the second lowest mintage of any date in this series (second only to the extra-rare 1872). One might conclude from this fact that the 1870 is also the second rarest date in terms of the number of survivors, but there is no such correlation between the mintage and the level of survivorship. Rather, the 1870 is similar to the higher-mintage 1865, but the latter has far more Mint State examples in the census. Either way, the 1870 is a tough date and one which will present a roadblock for the collector seeking a nice example.

The typical Mint State example is only MS64. Gems are scarce and become virtually impossible to find above MS66 (in fact, PCGS has certified only a single MS67 -- and none finer).

The overal strike characteristics of most 1870 Three-Cent Silvers is good, and clashmarks are seldom an issue. Certification is recommended to ensure the difference between a rare Mint State and the more common Proofs.