By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by Jeff Ambio, Vice President of Numismatics and Auction Production
The tiny three-cent silver coins, struck from 1851 to 1873 are among the most curious of the regular issue U.S. federal type coins. The design by James Longacre is unusual in that it features a six-pointed star on the obverse, and a large, jeweled C with the Roman numeral III inside marking the denomination on the reverse. This series has some interesting die varieties, including this so-called 1869/8 overdate. Some researchers believe after reviewing many of the coins described as the 9/8, that this is not a true overdate, but really a repunched 9. Either way, this appealing MS-67 superb gem,
certified by PCGS and housed in a first generation holder, is the only circulation strike example certified as an overdate variety, and is among the finest graded for the date.