Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 720,000
Catalog: KM-75
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.80grams
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.38 (8/22/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O 3CS MS obverse 1851 O 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The coining of silver three-cent pieces was an odd move that was never repeated after this first year of production. Only 720,000 were issued, and the 1851-O is moderately scarce in all grades. Gems are rare, and most examples are weakly struck at both the borders and the centers.

Seven die pairs were sent to the New Orleans Mint for this issue, and one reverse displays a very minor repunched mintmark that attracts little collector interest.

Irrespective of varieties, the 1851-O "trime" is popular for its novelty value as the only branch mint issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1851 O 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 32.20 46.00 52.90 85.20 180 180 264 294 348 415 450 480 660 810 1660 3690 5920 10210 - - -
$ 202 290 320 380 460 500 530 730 890 1830 4000 6400 11000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 456
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/6/2014 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7201


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5/13/1996 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0840, 840/Lot# 234 $228.90
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 984 $1,667.50
2/14/2007 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 2426 $3,737.50
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7432 $805.00
7/14/2011 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 601, 608/Lot# 7259 $701.50
12/9/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 79068 $68.20
5/25/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22067 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base547689106194336437527577609655684715764874123923352754569389801037111916
61809413524136946754358762466469473180099516042474373367889443108860
0000004675435876246646947318009951604247437336788944300
00000049756059863967470474783711171969261447137884990700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1239
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1239
Owner: Justin Credible Coins
 
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