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Obverse of 1868 Three Cents - Silver     Reverse of 1868 Three Cents - Silver


1868 THREE CENTS - SILVER

PCGS Nos: 3688, 3718

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,500
Proofs: 
600

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 Superior Galleries

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

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

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 5 PRCA-65's.

Recent appearances:
Proof-67 (illustrated above)
- Superior 10/2000:4193, $1,150.00

NGC Proof-65
- Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1374, illustrated, sold for $920.00

Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5166, not illustrated, sold for $776.25

Proof-64
- Bowers and Merena 10/2000, Lot 411, $333.50

Proof-63 Questionable toning.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5459, not plated, sold for $299.00

EF-40
- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000:6692, $345.00

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