Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,458,000
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: $0.41 (9/16/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 3CS MS obverse 1856 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The dramatic rise in mintage, more than ten times the number coined in 1855, did not reflect any increase in demand. Instead it revealed Mint Director Snowden's illegal policy of paying out silver coins in exchange for silver bullion at above market prices. The law stipulated that only gold bullion was to be accepted in payment for fractional silver coins as a means of preventing their overproduction. In his eagerness to overcome the previous shortage of fractional silver coins, Snowden disregarded this order for the next several years.

1856 trimes are not as common as their high mintage would suggest, and gems are truly rare. The example illustrated displays a superior strike.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1856 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.60 46.00 50.60 63.60 118 118 204 216 245 265 300 336 456 720 1310 3560 9430 - - - -
$ 132 220 240 270 290 330 370 500 790 1440 3800 10200 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 337
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/24/1995 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #131, 131/Lot# 50 $3,377.00
3/21/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #31, 35/Lot# 143 $310.50
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 532 $1,265.00
6/26/2011 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3090, 3090/Lot# 1340 $460.00
9/25/2011 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131140/Lot# 22059 $65.00
7/15/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131230/Lot# 26034 $575.00
6/16/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 119625 $201.30
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3441 $998.75
6/16/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20128 $185.65


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5067768515526235443749453258662068487411381817314939848246134421530717357
5570791081902923814565065505976417479621364226134275404997814063159900
000000381456506550597641747962136422613427540499781406300
00000040947551956860866281010501590270537056825117101468500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3149
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 874
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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