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

1865 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3685
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
8,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,400 • PCGS MS65 • 8-8-2013 • 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 400 R-6.2 6 / 16 6 / 25
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 7 / 16 7 / 25
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 7 / 16 8 / 25
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Simpson collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Simpson collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In keeping with a trend established a couple of years earlier, the mintage of the 1865 Three Cent Silver dropped to a mere 8,000 circulation strikes.  The survival of high-grade examples of this date is similar to that of the higher-mintage 1863, but it is harder to find comparable quality examples of the former.  This drops the median grade of Mitn State 1865s to the MS63 to MS64 range, with fewer MS66 examples.  At the very top of the condition ladder, the 1865 is represented by a single PCGS MS68. 

Survivors included fully struck, unclashed examples and frosty, lightly clashed examples.  Prooflike examples exist, which creates confusion because Mint State examples are decidely more rare than Proofs.