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1863 Three-Cent Silver Proof : A Collector’s Guide

1863 Proof Three-Cent Silver. Image: Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com).
1863 Proof Three-Cent Silver. Image: Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com).

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes …..

Only 460 Three-Cent Silver Proofs were struck in 1863 over the course of three days. The United States Mint in Philadelphia produced the final emission of 200 coins little more than a month before the decisive Confederate defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Coinage of 1863 Proof Three-Cent Silver Coins
March 5, 1863 160 struck March 6, 1863 160 struck
May 26, 1863 200 struck Total: 460 Proof coins

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Market Data and Noteworthy Specimens

Top Population: PCGS PR67CAM (2, 3/2024). NGC PF67+UC (1, 3/2024). CAC PR67CAM (3:0 stickered:graded, 3/2024).

  • PCGS PR68CAM #25253615: Stack’s Bowers, November 2014, Lot 10129; “The Warren Collection,” Heritage Auctions, May 5, 2022, Lot 3857 – $40,800.
  • NGC PF-67CAM CMQ #6815464-007: Stack’s Bowers, March 26, 2024, Lot 4038 – View. Rainbow toning on the obverse, bleeding over to the periphery on the reverse.
  • PCGS PR66+ CAC #25213504: Legend Rare Coin Auctions, December 16, 2021, Lot 38 – Passed.
  • PCGS PR66 #3125536: Stack’s Bowers, August 18, 2023, Lot 6147 – View. Dark red, green, and turquoise toning on the obverse; turquoise toning on the reverse.

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1863 Three-Cent Silver Proof Coin Specifications

Country: United States of America
Year Of Issue: 1863
Denomination: One Cent (USD)
Mint Mark: None (Philadelphia)
Mintage: 460
Alloy: .900 Silver, .100 Copper
Weight: 0.75 g
Diameter: 14.00 mm
Edge: Plain
OBV Designer: James Barton Longacre
REV Designer: James Barton Longacre
Quality: Proof


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CoinWeek Notes presents expert analysis and insights from Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, the award-winning editors of CoinWeek.com.

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