1851 3CS MS66 Certification #25313462, PCGS #3664

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1851 Three Cent Silver is the second most common date in the series, nearly as common as the 1852.  Normally, one would expect the first year of the type to be the most common, as they usually have the highest mintage and/or were put aside in large quantities by collectors.  This may have been the case, but collectors seem to have favored the 1852 over the 1851 for some reason.  In any event, collectors of today will have no difficulty acquiring an 1851 Three Cent piece, including Mint State examples.

The typical Mint State 1851 Three Cent piece grades MS-64, though MS-63 appear nearly as frequently.  Even MS-65 and MS-66 examples appear frequently.  According to the September 2011 PCGS Population Report, the finest examples of this date are 11 MS-67s.

Diameter
14.30 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
5447400
Weight
0.80 grams
Metal Content
75% Silver, 25% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
43
Pop Lower
1520
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 25000 R-2.7 2 / 4 TIE 23 / 25 TIE
All Grades 2500 R-4.5 3 / 4 24 / 25
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 3 / 4 TIE 23 / 25 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
	MS67 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade