PCGS 3679 - 1861 3CS

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from the Stonecat Collection
United States 1861 3 cents rev D Rocklein.jpg

The three cent silver coin was introduced in 1851 to fill a gap left by hoarding of silver half dimes, dimes and quarters. 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: 0.75 g, .900 fine silver, 14 mm diameter.

Recorded mintage: 498,000 (a reasonably common date and the highest mintage of the subtype).

Catalog reference: KM 75.


  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • Yeoman, R. S., and Kenneth Bressett (ed.), A Guide Book of United States Coins, 59th Ed., Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, 2005.

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