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1851 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3664, 3696

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,447,400 
Proofs: 
estimated 10

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 14.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 75%
Copper - 25%

Weight: 12.4 grains (.8 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) just right of the opening of the C on the reverse.

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-67's.

The finest (and only) Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

Significant examples:
SEGS Proof-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1431

NGC MS-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5968, plated, unsold

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5967, not plated, unsold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 371, illustrated, sold for $1,552.00

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5966, not plated, unsold

MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1467, illustrated, sold for $1,092.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 119, sold for $690.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1351, sold for $368.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7776, not illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5965, not plated, sold for $506.00

PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira S. Reed, February 26, 1944, sold for $1.50 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 131, illustrated, sold for $425.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1352, sold for $345.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service