Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,042,000
Catalog: KM-80
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.75grams
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.42 (8/30/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1857 3CS MS obverse 1857 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another date whose high mintage may be attributed to Mint Director Snowden's ill-advised and illegal practice of purchasing silver bullion at a subsidized price and dispensing fractional coins in exchange.

Unlike the example shown, most 1857 three-cent pieces were reasonably well struck, though they still suffered from frequent die clashes. The coin illustrated is faintly prooflike, perhaps as a consequence of repolishing the dies to diminish the obvious clash marks.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1857 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.45 43.70 49.45 62.40 138 138 222 240 275 290 306 360 498 830 1440 3410 6660 19500 - - -
$ 155 240 260 300 320 340 400 550 910 1580 3700 7200 21100 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 341
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/19/2000 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1298, 1298/Lot# 1148 $174.40
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 422 $1,495.00
6/13/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #42, 46/Lot# 181 $483.00
10/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210111, 210111/Lot# 20062 $977.50
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 806 $231.15
8/4/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131333/Lot# 28073 $199.75
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164831 $687.50
8/1/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20053 $64.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5067768513926243157560462465567469587411381817268533655466106761722919463
5570791031803184795846106346616817549621364210629114065720212860179730
000000479584610634661681754962136421062911406572021286000
0000005275946176446676888141050159023953138476589391504400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2685
Owner: kathy&barry
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2685
Owner: Trime Time
 
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