Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 139,000
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: $0.47 (7/10/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 3CS MS obverse 1855 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of this date reflects the drop in demand for three-cent pieces once half dimes through half dollars again became commonplace. It is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in Mint State.

There are at least two repunched date varieties, but these are of limited interest. Most collectors seek this date only as a type coin.

The example illustrated is sharply struck, 1855 being among the few dates that are usually seen formally formed. It also displays very bold die-clashing on its reverse, a common occurrence on trimes, as the light weight and small size of their planchets led to frequent misfeeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1855 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.75 49.45 63.25 120 210 210 288 306 360 420 570 700 990 1310 2780 7440 18140 - - - -
$ 230 320 340 400 460 630 770 1090 1440 3000 8000 19600 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 145
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/1998 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1053, 1053/Lot# 1123 $196.20
9/26/1998 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 5738 $7,762.50
1/4/2001 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244, 244/Lot# 6450 $207.00
1/23/2006 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 20790 $6,325.00
6/26/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 669 $2,346.00
5/27/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 241 $4,887.50
2/28/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1764 $718.75
1/9/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3267 $12,337.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base547611915927240953264275282091597410281206145022334485515810726172951953521984
61901321963174505686787748519349921087128717112983470970141291518041203510
000000568678774851934992108712871711298347097014129151804100
0000006057157978839541010114613681972373449338870151051878800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1028
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 915
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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