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1870 THREE CENTS - SILVER

PCGS Nos: 3691, 3721

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,000
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.

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

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

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-65.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5985, not plated, sold for $1,322.50

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 101, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 221, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

PCGS MS-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 292, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 232, sold for $920.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6210, not plated, sold for $977.50   From the Alex Highland Collection

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6747, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

EF-40 Cleaned.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6693, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

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