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    1851-O Silver Three Cent, MS67
    One of the Three Finest Known

    1851-O 3CS MS67 NGC. The New Orleans version of the 1851 silver three cent piece characteristically portrays some combination of weak strikes and/or deficient luster. This is the only branch mint issue of the entire series, and its coinage was cut off at 720,000 pieces. The weakness of strike was a problem that plagued the Philadelphia issue, as well, stemming in part from the inherently thin planchets used for the denomination. Any non-proof three cent silver with full details is a rarity, regardless of date.

    This 1851-O representative is a conditionally rare Superb Gem, tied with just two others as the finest at NGC; the finest at PCGS are two MS66+ coins (8/15). This representative displays beautiful, frosty luster, toned in pastel shades of champagne, lavender, and sky-blue. The aforementioned striking weakness persists on the high points of the shield, but the peripheral stars are surprisingly well-defined. An outstanding coin that grows on the viewer the longer it is studied.(Registry values: N1) (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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