1868 Three Cent Silver, MS66
1868 3CS MS66 PCGS. CAC. A ring of ice-blue toning encircles
the obverse, turning to light gold and violet-gray hues centrally.
The reverse shows a uniform layer of attractive ocean-blue patina
over glassy fields. Struck from unclashed dies, the design elements
feature complete definition on each side. The appeal of this
semiprooflike Premium Gem cannot be overstated.
One of the Finest We Have Offered
Population Data (8/15): PCGS shows four in MS66 and a single MS67+ finer, while the top coins at NGC are two Premium Gem submissions.
Heritage Commentary: Among regular issues, only the 1870, 1871, and 1872 enjoy lower mintages than the 1868, of which just 3,500 coins were manufactured. The issue is among the most sought-after in the series, and examples in this impressive grade are extremely rare and virtually impossible to upgrade. Gene Gardner owned one other 1868, also certified MS66 by PCGS with CAC approval. That coin recently brought a record price of $28,200 when it sold as part of the third installment of the Gardner Collection (Heritage, 5/2015), lot 98106.
Provenance: Purchased from Legend Numismatics (10/2001).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 22ZJ, PCGS# 3688)
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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