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: $0.41 (7/23/2014)
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: 819
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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2/10/1997 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0918, 918/Lot# 1126 $130.80
6/25/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 835 $172.50
8/11/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3003 $4,025.00
1/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 10630 $4,993.75
1/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 162504 $193.72
1/26/2014 PCGS   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 232 $1,586.25
3/9/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 177878 $192.50


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