Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 671,000
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 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1854 3CS MS obverse 1854 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

During 1853 the weight of the fractional silver coins from half dime through half dollar had been reduced sufficiently to permit their free circulation once again. The trime was reduced in weight just slightly, while its fineness was raised to .900 to be in conformance with the other fractional silvers. This gave it a slightly higher intrinsic value, but that didn't really matter, as the need for this coin really passed with the return to circulation of the traditional silver denominations.

This redundancy is reflected in the plummeting mintage figure of the trime from 1853 to 1854. It really could have been eliminated altogether, but government inertia kept it going another 20 years.

To mark the change in standard, the silver trime was revised with outlines to the star and the addition of an olive branch above the value and a bundle of arrows below it.

This issue is moderately scarce in all Mint State grades and genuinely rare at the gem level. It is also under price pressure from type collectors seeking an example of the Type 2 design.

A very distinct repunched date is known for 1854, and this is among the few trime varieties sought by non-specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1854 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.45 43.70 49.45 62.40 138 138 216 240 270 285 336 468 528 720 1440 3190 7800 16900 - - -
$ 155 240 260 300 320 370 510 580 790 1580 3400 8400 18300 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 358
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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5/27/2007 NGC AU 50   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 276 $264.50
8/22/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2910, 2910/Lot# 1257 $207.00
3/21/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 568, 575/Lot# 118 $1,150.00
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3142 $2,530.00
12/9/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131251/Lot# 22671 $69.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30196 $712.05
12/15/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 148450 $73.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5067768512727542355161365370974578389111381817268533655466107501733819583
557079991763244655716266717217578199731364210629114065722712946180860
000000465571626671721757819973136421062911406572271294600
0000005085926396907337708551055159023953138476589881514200
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 891
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 262
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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