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1869 THREE CENTS - SILVER

PCGS Nos: 3689, 3719

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,500
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 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66's.

The finest Uncirculated "1869/8" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS is are 3 PR-67's.

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-64.

The finest Proof "1869/8" example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Auction appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7786, not illustrated, sold for $1,322.50

Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5460, not plated, sold for $529.00

ANACS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1364, sold for $414.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 203, sold for $253.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 266, not plated, sold for $431.25

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 231, plated, sold for $471.50

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