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1863 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3682, 3712

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 21,000
Proofs: 
460

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 4 MS-68's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 9 PR-66's.

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

The finest Proof "1863/2" example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

The finest Proof Cameo "1863/2" 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 6750, not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1361, sold for $632.50

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 151, illustrated (mis-plated above Lot 148), sold for $506.00

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 383, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4188, illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 230, not plated, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 409, unsold

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 265, not plated, sold for $402.50

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7784, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

AU-50 Obverse Damage.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6689, not illustrated, sold for $356.50

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