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

1863 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3682
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
21,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,500 • NGC MS65 • 6-23-2014 • 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 500 R-6.0 7 / 16 TIE 7 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 8 / 16 TIE 8 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 11 / 16 TIE 14 / 25 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 MS68 PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 MS68 PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 estimated grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1863 Three-Cent Silver is a very scarce date with a mintage of only 21,000 circulation strikes.  The surviving population is quite low in all grades, and most of the certified examples are in Mint State.  This indicates that collectors set aside some high grade examples but did not pursue the circulated grades.  The rarity of this date in Mint State is similar to that of the 1865, 1866, and 1870.

Typically, this date displays weakness on the topmost tip of the star and on the ribbon end on the opposite side of the coin.  Clashmarks are not as prevalent as on other dates, but there is often a ghosting effect of details from the other side.  High-end examples are very rare, with a gap in MS67 just before a single MS68 and one, monstrous PCGS MS68+ (illustrated above).