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

1866 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3686
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
22,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,500 • PCGS MS67+ • 11-1-2013 • 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 600 R-5.8 10 / 16 10 / 25
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 8 / 16 TIE 8 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 8 / 16 9 / 25 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:3667, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30117

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

Simpson Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:3667, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30117

3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1866 Three Cent Silver has the third highest mintage of any date from the 1860's, but that is such a meaningless statement because the mintage of the 1866 is a mere fraction of the mintages of the top two dates (1861 and 1861).  Both of those dates have mintages of at least 340,000, while the Mint made only 22,000 of the 1866.  In reality, collectors value ther 1866 at nearly the same prices as other date with mintages as low as 8,000. 

In general, this date is very well struck, usually with full outlines around the star and with nice detailing of the ribbon and leaves on the reverse.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census for this date includes mostly MS-67 examples.  A single PCGS MS-68 (from the remarkable Simpson Collection) sits atop the condition ladder.