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SERIES: Star Three Cent Silvers 1851-1872
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1851-O 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3665
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.80 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
720,000
Metal Content:
75% Silver, 25% Copper
Auction Record:
$22,000 • MS • 5-1-1995 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,500 R-4.3 1 / 4 18 / 25
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 1 / 4 15 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 1 / 4 14 / 25 TIE
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1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade
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1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade
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Ron Guth: The 1851-O is the only Three Cent Silver struck outside of the Philadelphia Mint.  It is easily the scarcest of the Type One Three Cent Silvers, but it is more common than all of the Type 2 and Type 3 Three Cent Silvers except for the 1861 and 1862.  However, demand for this date is high because of its mintmark.  Mint State examples are fairly easy to locate, but most will be in the MS-63 and MS-64 range.  Gems start to become scarce and none have been graded finer than MS-66 by PCGS (as of May 2011) except for the single MS-66+ in the unrivalled Simpson Collection.  Most high-end examples of this date feature colorful toning and deep, frosty luster.


Jaime Hernandez: This is the only Three Cent coin struck by the New Orleans Mint. It is also the only coin that has a mint mark. The 1851-O is the toughest coin in the Type 1 series as it has the lowest mintage in the Type 1 series or for coins with the small star design. In uncirculated grades it is also the toughest coin as this is the only coin in the Type 1 series with no coins graded higher than Ms66 condition.