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

1871 3CS (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR67
PCGS #:
3722
Diameter:
14.30 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
.75 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
960
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$12,650 • NGC PR67 • 5-1-2007 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 750 R-5.5 17 / 17 23 / 24
60 or Better 710 R-5.5 17 / 17 23 / 24
65 or Better 225 R-6.7 16 / 17 TIE 22 / 24 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:1386, $12,338.68

2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade  
2 PR67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:1386, $12,338.68

2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 PCGS grade  
2 PR67 PCGS grade  
2 PR67 PCGS grade  
7 PR66 PCGS grade
7 PR66 PCGS grade
7 PR66 PCGS grade
7 PR66 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1871 Three-Cent Silver has a recorded mintage of 960 Proofs.  A large percentage of the original mintage survived, as evidenced by the fact that PCGS alone has certified a third of them.  The survival rate was helped by a hoard of "under 100" Proofs that showed up before 1964 in the John Zug estate (as reported by Walter Breen in 1988).  The majority of Proofs fall into the PR63 to PR64 category, and the best examples grade out at PR67.  Approximately a third of all known 1871 Trimes are Cameo Proofs, while a much smaller percentage offer a Deep Cameo appearance.  Most are well-struck, though some show weakness on the knot of the ribbon that binds the arrows.  Occasionally, a lintmark may be seen on one or both sides.