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Obverse of 1859 Three Cents     Reverse of 1859 Three Cents


1859 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3677, 3708

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 365,000
Proofs: 
800

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 2 MS-67's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-64.

Auction appearances:
NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6748, not illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

NGC Proof 64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4186, not illustrated, sold for $598.00

PCGS Proof-63 (illustrated above).  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 146, sold for $1,437.00

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