1857 3CS PR (PCGS# 3704)

2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128

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Lot Description
1857 3CS PR64 NGC. The U.S. Mint did not begin the extensive advertising of proof coinage to the general public until 1858. Proofs were made prior to that time, but little is known about the mintages or survival rates of most denominations. Such is the case with the 1857 three cent silver proof. David Akers, in his cataloging of the John Jay Pittman Collection, Part One (October 1997), estimates possibly 40 to 50 1857 proof trimes extant. In any event, the issue is rare. Razor-sharp detail greets the viewer of our near-Gem offering. Soft golden-orange patina is accented with electric-blue and lavender at the margins, and both sides have been well cared for. A minute field mark beneath the UN of UNITED might help in identifying the coin.
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