Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,400,000
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: $0.36 (9/18/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 3CS MS obverse 1853 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Another high mintage issue, the 1853 three-cent piece is common in all grades short of the gem (MS 65) level. Most have frosty luster and incomplete strikes as on the example shown, which also reveals heavy die erosion.

Several repunched dates are known, but these elicit little attention from anyone but series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1853 3CS MS
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Base $ 26.45 43.70 49.45 57.60 72.00 72.00 138 150 168 192 204 210 228 294 475 910 1760 5400 - - -
$ 81.00 155 168 188 215 220 230 250 320 520 1000 1940 5800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 832
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Grade
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9/10/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1103 $750.00
12/20/2010 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 542, 549/Lot# 274 $138.00
12/11/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 1551 $218.50
5/13/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/13/2012, 22/Lot# 51176 $26.00
3/24/2013 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131314/Lot# 20088 $57.00
5/25/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22083 $62.28
6/23/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20069 $138.65


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