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PCGS Number: 93708 Coin Date: 1859 Denomination (Short): 3cS Denomination (Long): Three Cent Silver Desg: PR Mint Mark: P Composition: 0.9 silver; 0.1 copper Mintage: 800 Strike Type: Proof Coinage Type: Three cent silver Coinage Years: 1859-1873 Mint Location: Philadelphia Diameter: 14 Fineness: 0.9 Weight (Grams): 0.75 Designer: James B. Longacre Edge: Plain Obverse Description: A six-pointed star with a harp in the center is surrounded by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on the periphery and the date positioned at the bottom. For the type III issues (1859-73) there is a single frame line around the star. Reverse Description: The roman numeral III is centered in the design ensconced in a large, bejeweled letter C surrounded by 13 stars on the periphery. An olive sprig is added above the roman numerals. General Notes: With a mintage of 800 coins, the 1859 Proof Three Cent Silver is a better date for its type. It is more common up through PR63 but gains some scarcity in PR64 and PR65. PR66 and finer gems are considered very rare as there are notable value jumps following PR65. Cameo pieces are far more difficult to locate in all grades. Look for attractive toners as this series has many.
PCGS #: 93708