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    1864 Three Cent Silver, MS68
    Conditionally Unsurpassed at Both Services

    1864 3CS MS68 NGC. This magnificent MS68 1864 three cent silver is beautifully toned in variegated gold, purple-red, russet, and electric-blue. Thick mint frost radiates from the surfaces, and the bold strike definition is outstanding for the type. Both sides are free of typical clash marks. Some tiny chatter marks, visible across the center of the reverse under magnification, appear to be as made; these tiny nicks were likely on the planchet prior to striking.

    Population Data (7/14): NGC shows five in the top MS68 grade, including one with the Star designation. PCGS has seen six submissions in MS68 and none finer, but we suspect duplications at both services.

    Heritage Commentary: Only 470 proof three cent silvers were struck in 1864, the penultimate year of the Civil War, along with a tiny mintage of 12,000 business strikes. Many to most of the business strike coins were presumably melted, perhaps in 1873, making this an absolute and conditional rarity within the series.

    Provenance: Purchased from Pinnacle Rarities (3/2001).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 22ZE, PCGS# 3684)

    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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    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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