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Obverse of 1858 Three Cents     Reverse of 1858 Three Cents


1858 THREE CENTS - SILVER

PCGS Nos: 3674, 3705

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,604,000
Proofs: 
estimated 200-300

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 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 6 PR-66's.

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

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-67.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 380, illustrated, sold for $13,800.00

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4185, illustrated, sold for $3,737.50

PCGS Proof-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira S. Reed, March 30, 1946 for $7.75 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 144, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1356, sold for $4,830.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1357, sold for $2,760.00

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 381, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00  Ex Pittman

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 382, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6744, not illustrated, sold for $1,841.15

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 407, not sold

PCGS MS-64.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 145, illustrated, sold for $1,207.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7781, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7782, not illustrated, sold for $586.50

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