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    MS68 Toned 1871 Three Cent Silver

    1871 3CS MS68 NGC. This exceptional coin shows no traces of the usual abrasions or hairlines so often seen on three cent silver pieces. Close examination with a magnifier could convince the viewer that even at the MS68 level this coin is undergraded. Only 3,400 pieces were struck of the 1871. This piece displays bright, highly reflective fields, apparently an early striking, over which delectable iridescent blue, amber, and violet tones float. While it is always difficult to say for certain with toned coins, it appears that the devices are heavily frosted. So, is this coin actually a proof? Absolutely not. The horizontal lines on the shield on the obverse, the knot in the bow on the reverse as well as the reverse stars lack the absolute clarity of strike that a double-struck proof would possess. Identifiable by a small toning speck between the TE of UNITED. Census: 3 in 68, 0 finer (8/06).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 22ZM, PCGS# 3692)

    Weight: 0.75 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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    September, 2006
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