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Obverse of 1857 Three Cents     Reverse of 1857 Three Cents


1857 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3673, 3704

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,042,000
Proofs: 
estimated 75

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, PA) just right of the opening of the C on the reverse.

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1355 sold for $3,220.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 377, illustrated, sold for $7,475.00

PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Walter Childs - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s "Walter Childs Collection", August 1999, Lot 102 at $3,910 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Central States Signature Sale", April 5-6, 2001, Lot 5992, where it was described (in part) as follows:  "Described in part in the Childs catalog as, '...down-graded due to a spot at NI of UNITED. Light silver gray with mottled iridescent toning. Very attractive. Walter Breen listed just 12 Proofs and suggested that no doubt others survive. Today, it is our opinion that the actual number of survivors is about 25 or possibly 30 coins. In either scenario, this is still a rare coin when struck as a Proof.' The description goes on to add, 'No doubt this piece was purchased by Walter H. Childs from a dealer acquaintance. Proofs of this year were recognized as being rare by the 1870s and 1880s, but 'nice' business strikes may have been rarer yet. In any event, Walter Childs was indeed fortunate to acquire this lovely example.'"

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 378, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 379, illustrated, sold for $3,852.00

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 406, $2,530.00

PCGS Proof-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5982, $2,990.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4183, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5976, plated, unsold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4184, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - J.H. Nunn, August 30, 1944, as part of a complete set from 1851-1873 for $135.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 143, sold for $1,897.00

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