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

1856 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3672
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,458,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$28,200 • PCGS MS67 • 8-16-2015 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 3 / 5 14 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 2 / 5 TIE 13 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 2 / 5 9 / 25 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2005:203 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98101, $23,500

2 MS66+PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1261, not sold

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2005:203 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98101, $23,500

2 MS66+PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1261, not sold

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1856, the mintage of the Three-Cent Silver jumped to almost 1.5 million pieces, presumably because of demand from commercial channels.  This makes the 1856 one of the more common dates in the series.  Hundreds of Mint State examples are known, mostly in MS62 to MS64.  Gems are scarce but not rare, but in MS66 this date becomes extremely elusive -- only three have been graded at this level by PCGS, with none higher.

This date often comes weakly struck, especially on the legends and stars at the periphery, but clashmarks are less of a problem for this date than, say, 1855.