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    1851-O Three Cent Silver, Elusive MS66
    Seldom Offered Finer

    1851-O 3CS MS66 ANACS. A melange of light gray, sky-blue, crimson, and reddish-gold patination resides on the lustrous surfaces of this Premium Gem three cent silver. The design features are well-struck, including the star centers. Only the shield center exhibits a touch of softness, a typical characteristic of the issue. Close inspection reveals impeccably preserved surfaces. A minuscule mark to the upper right of the middle stand of the III in the denomination is noted solely for identification purposes.

    Population Data (8/15): While the present coin resides in a first generation ANACS cache holder (which is very scarce), we cite population data from PCGS and NGC to give the reader a general idea of the rarity of the issue. The latter two services combined report 44 examples in Premium Gem (a number of which are likely resubmissions) and only three coins finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The New Orleans Mint struck 720,000 pieces of the three cent silver denomination in 1851, the only branch-mint issue in the series. The 1851-O can be located through near-Gem without too much difficulty. Premium Gems such as the current offering are elusive, however, and higher-grade examples are virtually unobtainable. This is an infrequent opportunity for the silver three cent specialist to acquire the finest-grade 1851-O that is likely to be encountered.

    Provenance: Bowers and Merena (6/1996), lot 255.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 22YY, PCGS# 3665)

    Weight: 0.80 grams

    Metal: 75% Silver, 25% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    October, 2015
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