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Obverse of 1861 Three Cents     Reverse of 1861 Three Cents


1861 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3679, 3710

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 497,000
Proofs: 
1,000

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 19 MS-67's.

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

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 3 PRCA-64's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-63.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64 (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 148, illustrated (mis-plated above Lot 151), sold for $604.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1434

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5978, not plated, unsold

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5977, not plated, unsold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1358 Not Sold

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1359 sold for $317.40

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