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    1856 Three Cent Silver, MS66
    Vivid Peripheral Color

    1856 3CS MS66 PCGS. CAC. The surfaces of this 1856 three cent silver show frosty, unbroken mint luster with areas of deep russet, olive, amber, gold, and lavender-blue patina. Minor die erosion appears in the peripheral recesses and trivial softness on the central devices, but they scarcely detract from the eye appeal. The strike is far sharper than usual for this issue.

    Population Data (3/15): This MS66 piece is among the four finest at PCGS, one of them a Plus-graded example. NGC reports five in this grade and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Three cent silver production increased dramatically in 1856 to nearly 1.5 million pieces, up from just 139,000 coins the year before, and the issue is among the more obtainable Type Two issues overall. Still, the number of high-end Mint State survivors is negligible.

    Provenance: Baltimore Auction (Bowers and Merena, 3/2005), lot 203.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 22Z5, PCGS# 3672)

    Weight: 0.75 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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