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Obverse of 1862 Three Cents     Reverse of 1862 Three Cents


1862 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3680, 3711

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 343,000
Proofs: 
550

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 9 MS-67's.

The finest Uncirculated "1862/1" examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-67's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

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

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

Auction appearances:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6749, not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

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 149, illustrated (mis-plated above Lot 147), sold for $862.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5983, not plated, sold for $833.75

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 202, sold for $299.00

Proof-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 408 Not Sold

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 150, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4187, not illustrated, sold for $661.25

PCGS MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5980, "1862/1", plated, sold for $1,667.50

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5979, not plated, unsold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7783, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6745, not illustrated, sold for $373.75

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 289, "1862/1 Overdate", illustrated, sold for $632.50

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