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

1855 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3671
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
139,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$22,325 • PCGS MS66 • 10-30-2014 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 750 R-5.5 1 / 5 11 / 25
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 5 8 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 1 / 5 6 / 25
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
8 MS65+ PCGS grade  
9 MS65 PCGS grade  
9 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1855 Three-Cent Silver is the second year of the Type 2 sub-type, and it has the lowest mintage of any date from the 1850s, and the lowest mintage of all dates until 1863.  As a result, this is one of the more valuable dates in the series, but most circulated grades can be found for a small premium over the type price, at least, up until the EF and better levels.

This issue is almost always seen with clashmarks of some degree or another.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS66+.