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SERIES: Star Three Cent Silvers 1851-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1857 3CS (Proof)

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PCGS PR66

PCGS PR66

PCGS PR66
PCGS #:
3704
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
75
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$17,038 • PCGS PR66 • 6-8-2017 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 60 R-8.4 4 / 5 7 / 24
60 or Better 55 R-8.4 4 / 5 7 / 24
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 4 / 5 8 / 24
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1 PR66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 PR66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1263, not sold - Heritage 9/2016:5406, $12,925

1 PR66 PCGS grade
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
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1 PR66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 PR66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1263, not sold - Heritage 9/2016:5406, $12,925

1 PR66 PCGS grade
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 estimated grade  
1 PR66 estimated grade  
1 PR66 estimated grade  
9 PR65+ PCGS grade  
10 PR65 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: In Proof condition, the 1857 "Trime" is a very scarce coin.  Mint employees struck an estimated 75 Proofs, a number supported by the population report totals offered up by the major grading services.  All of the examples we've seen appear to have been struck from the same die pair.  All show weakness on the double outline of the shield at lower left, caused by either a weak impression from the hub or over-zealous polishing.  Diagonal die lines appear on the obverse, the most noticeable of which runs between the 1 and the 8 of the date.  On the reverse, flat planes can be seen around several of the stars on the reverse,  This is an artifact from the star punch which was not effaced from the die.

Despite the rarity of the Proof 1857 Three-Cent Silvers, many high-grade examples exist, usually in PR64 and PR65.  No examples are known above PR66.  Cameo examples are exceedingly rare.