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

1868 3CS (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3688
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
3,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$35,250 • NGC MS65 • 1-9-2013 • 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 200 R-7.0 3 / 16 3 / 25
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 3 / 16 3 / 25
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 3 / 16 TIE 3 / 25 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 estimated grade  
5 MS65 estimated grade  
9 MS64 PCGS grade
9 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1868, mint employees created only 3,500 Three-Cent Silvers for circulation, making this one of the rarest dates of the series.  This date come prooflike and fully struck, so authentication is a must because Mint State examples are worth a lot more than Proofs.  PCGS has certified only 28 Mint State examples, the finest of which are three at the MS66 level.