Last evening C-D-B posted an 1861 silver 3 cent piece, in the less than $50 thread. it caught my eye for several reasons. First it was hammered so much detail on this little gem. There's more plenty more if I am correct....and If I'm correct this thread will allow members two things #1 see a very cool variety that is extremely rare. And #2 make them aware of other such varties exist, that may be found in other denominations . In 1861 the U.S. Mint minted 1000 proof three cent pieces, and 497,000 mint state coins.* proof dies were also used to strike Mint state coins! Orginally 1000 proof coins were struck and delivered on April 15 with the sets of proof coins. However over 600 were melted as unsold . The records I have state 15 obvs.& 16 Revs. Dies were used in 1861 Large dates are counterfeit coins. Now the coin in question.....I believe to be either a proof strike that somehow got into circulation or what is known as an RPD -001 also known as the 1861 Proof repunched date.cross reference : Breen Proof Book #1 Description: repunched date 1861/186 Repunched date first 1 seen above tbe top and to the right of the repunched 8 seen above the middle and top of the 8. Repunched 6 seen above the middle of the top of the 6. Die markers : Heavy die clashing outline of reverse show around the star. Obv. Heavy die clashing outline the obverse snow inside the C For each of the proof repunched dates,theres is no pricing information. There's no or little premium for the die variety [ if no one knows it exist...Why would there be a premium?] No demand no premium. As only a limited number of proof coins were struck most should show the same variety. In addition the price of a proof coin is already significant.. [400 sets on record] Others destroyed due to slow or no sales. Other markers is to my eye is the 8 the bottom loop on the left side has a bump. The lll die clashes under the lines of the shield. Plainly seen to the eye . I'm thinking a very high R variety, how many of these have survived? This coin is hammered even though it been circulated it still shows plenty of details as well as clues to what it truly maybe.... Your thoughts? Posted with Johns permission the specimen in question.