1803 $1 Small 3 XF45 Certification #11600611, PCGS #6900

Owner's Comments

Won from Heritage Auction Galleries' 2007 Milwaukee, WI Signature Coin Auction, lot #951.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1803, engravers at the Philadelphia mint used two different punches for the 3 of the date on Silver Dollars of that year.  One is known as the Small 3, the other as the Large 3.  The difference is obvious, not so much because of an actual size difference, but because of the dramatic difference in the shapes of the 3's.  On the Small 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 has no upper serif, and the lower serif points down.  On the Large 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 ends with top and lower serifs aligned in a vertical arrangement, pointing up and down.

The two varieties appear to be fairly equal in terms of survivors, though the Small 3 is slightly more common and can be found in higher Mint State grades than the Large 3.  Mint State examples of both varieties are very rare.  According to the April 2012 PCGS Population Report, the finest 1803 Small 3 Dollars are a pair of MS64s.

PCGS #
6900
Designer
Robert Scot
Edge
Lettered: HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT
Diameter
40.00 millimeters
Weight
27.00 grams
Mintage
85634
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
51
Pop Lower
330
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 1800 R-4.6 24 / 29 TIE 32 / 39 TIE
All Grades 10 R-9.5 14 / 29 TIE 20 / 39 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 29 1 / 39
65 or Better 1800
All Grades 10
60 or Better 0
65 or Better R-4.6
All Grades R-9.5
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better 24 / 29 TIE
All Grades 14 / 29 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 29
65 or Better 32 / 39 TIE
All Grades 20 / 39 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 39

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 estimated grade
MS64 PCGS grade #1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
MS63 PCGS grade #3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 estimated grade