Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.38 (10/16/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1861 3CS PF obverse 1861 3CS PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As in 1860 the Philadelphia Mint struck 1,000 silver proof sets in anticipation of whatever orders would be received during the course of the year. This proved highly optimistic, and some 600 sets were later melted. This is another date that is rare in gem condition and with Cameo contrast. The slender rim of this coin type offered little protection from high point abrasion, which is often seen on the shield and the ribs of the obverse star.

A repunched date variety is reported for 1861, but the photos are more suggestive of simple strike doubling.

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Last Updated: 6/29/2015

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1861 3CS PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 325 360 410 510 725 1125 1850 3900 8750 19000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1350 2300 4500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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9/26/2002 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 5694 $690.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 313 $609.50
2/5/2006 NGC PF 62   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 58 $380.00
10/21/2007 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 2438, 2438/Lot# 1114 $476.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1770 $2,300.00
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8822 $881.25
5/5/2014 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20059 $1,102.15
6/4/2014 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3302 $4,406.25
2/16/2017 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1252/Lot# 3198 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 3CS PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base648672697721747774800829858888921983106712211501191724863560507669382013836542
6566807057307567838108398688999421011111813141640210728444065569711338256060
000000810839868899942101111181314164021072844406556971133800
000000819848878910962103911701408177822963202457163171573800
1861 3CS PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7097337607878158428729019319649801028113212931583201726073718528271262302341721
7177427697968248528829119429699961063118613901728221429774239589712425292560
000000882911942969996106311861390172822142977423958971242500
0000008919219539751012109712391486187224103348476165111772400
1861 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base604629650676699725751777806833865925100511521421182123683406487666851845533516
612636659684708734760787815844885952105412421554200327143896547910608234750
00000076078781584488595210541242155420032714389654791060800
00000076879682485490597811031331168821863060438660821453200
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Grade: PF 64 CAMEO
Points: 1917
Owner: bmorgen1
 
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