Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,663,500
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: $0.36 (9/16/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 3CS MS obverse 1852 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The ongoing crisis with the hoarding of silver half dimes through dollars prompted a huge production of this denomination in 1852, its first full year of minting. As the only silver piece not worth more than its face value, the "trime" circulated freely and partially met the demand for small change.

This date is quite common in worn condition, and even gem Mint State pieces are plentiful enough to provide for advanced collections. The real challenge is to find an example having a fully struck shield, as this design typically is quite uneven.

Several repunched date varieties are known, the most desirable of these being the very rare one in which numeral 1 was punched over an inverted 2. Also quite popular is a bold doubled-die reverse.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1852 3CS MS
Base $ 26.45 43.70 48.30 56.40 74.40 74.40 144 150 162 175 198 210 240 319 525 880 1400 5200 24060 - -
$ 83.00 161 168 181 195 220 230 260 350 580 970 1540 5600 -
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Total Graded: 1557
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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4/15/2001 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1039 $1,053.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 81 $460.00
10/24/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #59, 64/Lot# 283 $333.50
7/22/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131231/Lot# 28805 $109.25
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 69758 $1,282.60
6/23/2013 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 119608 $215.60
7/4/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21064 $150.40
8/8/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21153 $193.88

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