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SERIES: Draped Bust Dollars 1795-1803
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1803 $1 Small 3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6900
Diameter:
40.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
27.00 grams
Edge:
Lettered: HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT
Mintage:
85,634
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$117,500 • NGC MS63+ • 11-15-2013 • 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 1,800 R-4.6 24 / 29 TIE 32 / 39 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 14 / 29 TIE 20 / 39 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 29 1 / 39
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7405, $46,000 - Dale Friend Collection

6 MS62 PCGS grade  
8 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU58 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1803, engravers at the Philadelphia mint used two different punches for the 3 of the date on Silver Dollars of that year.  One is known as the Small 3, the other as the Large 3.  The difference is obvious, not so much because of an actual size difference, but because of the dramatic difference in the shapes of the 3's.  On the Small 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 has no upper serif, and the lower serif points down.  On the Large 3, the left end of the top bar of the 3 ends with top and lower serifs aligned in a vertical arrangement, pointing up and down.

The two varieties appear to be fairly equal in terms of survivors, though the Small 3 is slightly more common and can be found in higher Mint State grades than the Large 3.  Mint State examples of both varieties are very rare.  According to the April 2012 PCGS Population Report, the finest 1803 Small 3 Dollars are a pair of MS64s.