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

1859 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3677
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
365,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$21,850 • PCGS MS67 • 2-2-2012 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 13 / 16 TIE 16 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 12 / 16 TIE 15 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 9 / 16 TIE 11 / 25 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade

Simpson collection

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

Simpson collection

6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1859, the Mint tweaked the appearance of the Tree-Cent Silver by removing one of the outlines surrounding the star, changing the shape of the lettering, and reducing the size of the digits in the date.  The mintage in 1859 dropped significantly to less than a fourth of the previous year.  Nonetheless, this is a relatively common date in all grades, up to and including MS66.  This date suffers from clashmarks despite the redesign, but not to the degree seen on previous dates.

PCGS has certified hundreds of Mint State examples of this date, the finest of which are three PCGS MS67s.