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1855 3CS PR65 PCGS....

2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2005
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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Rare Gem Proof 1855 Three Cent Silver
1855 3CS PR65 PCGS. Breen-2920. Doubled Date. The number of surviving Proof Silver Three Cent pieces from the first two design types is quite limited. The Type One design was produced from 1851 through 1853, including the only branch-mint issue struck in New Orleans in 1851. Perhaps half a dozen Proof examples of the Type One design are known, with only a single Proof 1851 certified by PCGS, and none of this type certified by NGC. Type Two examples were coined from 1854 through 1858, and Proof examples are more plentiful, but can hardly be considered common. PCGS and NGC have combined to certify a total of 332 Proof examples of this design type. Finally, Type Three coins were produced from 1859 through 1873, and the two major grading services have graded 5,314 examples, roughly half of the original mintage of 10,840 coins. Can we surmise from this that the "mintage" of Type Two Proof Three Cent Silver coins is about 700 pieces? Such relationships may prove beneficial to future numismatic research.
This Gem Proof example is sharply struck, and it has lightly reflective fields beneath lovely original iridescent toning. The reverse fields are more prominently mirrored. Sharp doubling of the date is usually only seen on Proof examples from this obverse die, although business strikes from the same die show evidence of doubling as well. Population: 3 in 65, 2 finer (1/05).(#3702) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 27C2, PCGS# 3702)

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