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1872 three-cent silver coin may see $50K at PCGS Show

Among the scarce coins featured in Legend Rare Coin Auctions' Feb. 18 sale is a seldom-seen three-cent silver. In prooflike condition, the coin is one only 1,000 struck for circulation in 1872.

LINCROFT, N.J. — Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) will present its largest auction to date as the official auctioneer for the PCGS Members Only Show at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The auction takes place Thursday, Feb. 18, commencing at 4:30 p.m. PT.

The 484-lot auction begins with a world class offering of pattern coins, which kicks off with a gem

Three-cent silver coin

Fully proof-like three-cent silver coin (obverse), circa 1872, with original toning, could realize between $40,000 and $50,000. (All photos courtesy Legend Rare Coin Auctions)

example of both the Judd-58 and Judd-84 Gobrecht Dollars. A featured highlight of the pattern section is the finest certified example of the 1849 $10 designed by Charles Bouvet at the Paris mint, graded PR64 BN by PCGS with a CAC sticker, is unique as the only pattern struck for the U.S. by a foreign mint.

An impressive selection of type coins include a gem Red 1912 Matte Proof cent, an 1872 3CS in PCGS/CAC MS67, a jewel-like 1796/5 half dime, a superb MS67 FH 1916 Standing Liberty 25C, a nearly Mint State 1803 Small 3 half dollar, and an 1877 T$1 in PCGS MS65+ CAC.

The specialty category of toned dollars, is anchored by a stunningly gorgeous 1882-S PCGS MS67+ CAC. Continuing with Morgan dollars, an 1879-CC certified MS64 DMPL by PCGS and approved by CAC begins an important offering that also includes an 1880-S in PCGS MS68+ CAC, a conditionally rare 1884-S in PCGS MS63, and a 3-D looking ultra black and white 1898 in PR67+ DCAM.

A grouping of gold coins include: a gem $2.50 1896 PR66+ DCAM, an uber-gem 1878 $3 in PCGS MS67+, an 1890 $10 in PR65 DCAM PCGS/CAC, and a High Relief $20 in MS66. Rounding out the sale are classic commemorative half dollars highlighted by a toned 1946 Iowa in MS68+ PCGS and a 1939-D Oregon in PCGS/CAC MS68+.

“This sale has an incredibly diverse selection of U.S. coins in many different specialties,” said Julie Abrams, president of LRCA. “If you collect rare patterns, gem calibre type coins, spectacular toned dollars or conditionally rare gold coins, there is something for you in this sale.”

All lots are posted at, for presale bidding. For more information about Legend Rare Coin Auctions or consigning to future sales, visit, or contact either Julie Abrams at or 845-430-4378 or Greg Cohen at or 732-935-1168.

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