PCGS 3665 - 1851-O 3CS
The three cent silver coin was introduced in 1851 to fill a gap left by hoarding of silver half dimes, dimes and quarters. This issue from New Orleans is the only one with a mint mark and is thereby the more popular. The design was slightly modified in 1854 and again in 1859 but the denomination was issued in token amounts after 1862. It was finally terminated in 1873.
Specification: 0.80 g, .750 fine silver, 14 mm diameter.
Recorded mintage: 720,000.
Catalog reference: KM 75.
- Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.