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SERIES: Indian Princess $3 1854-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1860-S $3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS61

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
7981
Diameter:
20.50 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
5.02 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
7,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,200 • NGC MS61 • 3-14-2006 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 450 R-6.1 11 / 41 11 / 41
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 3 / 41 3 / 41
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 41 1 / 41
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS61 PCGS grade
3 MS61 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS61 PCGS grade
3 MS61 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): This date is one of the unsung rarities of the series and ranks 7th in rarity by the number of appearances in our 238 catalogue auction survey and 5th in rarity by average grade. As the auction records indicate, the majority of known specimens are VF or less. Although 7,000 were minted, a substantial portion of the mintage (reportedly 2,592) were later melted. I am unaware of the existence of a full mint state specimen, although I have seen one choice AU-55 piece and as least two others that graded AU-50. The mintmark on the 1860-S is very small and appears to be the same size as the mintmark on the 1856-S Small S variety.