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    1855 Three Cent Silver, MS66
    Low-Mintage, Type Two Issue
    Ex: Andre Dawson

    1855 3CS MS66 NGC. CAC. Ex: Andre Dawson. This better date is seen here in exceptionally attractive, high-grade condition. The fields are bright and shimmer with intense, semiprooflike intensity. This is noteworthy on this coin, not only because of the brightness of the lustrous flash, but also because of the deep blue, rose, and charcoal-gray patina splashed across each side. Such deep coloration would greatly subdue less-lustrous coins, but here it has no dampening effect. The surfaces are die clashed, as always, yet free from any troubling abrasions. A bit of softness appears around the peripheries, the closest we can find to a defect.

    Population Data (7/14): NGC has only certified five other pieces in MS66, and PCGS has graded six coins in this condition and one MS66+.

    Heritage Commentary: Andre Dawson and Gene Gardner: two high-profile collectors with differing approaches toward collecting. Dawson sought out better (or rare) dates within the type, and pursued the issue in high grades. Quite a novel idea, and one that placed quite a few coins in his 1998 Heritage auction as so-called type pieces, coins that were really better-date issues. Gene Gardner sought completion, as much as possible, and sought the highest grades obtainable for the issue.

    Provenance: Andre Dawson Collection / Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/1998), lot 5738. (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 22Z4, PCGS# 3671)

    Weight: 0.75 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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