Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 364,200
Catalog: KM-88
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 (9/2/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 3CS MS obverse 1859 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The three-cent piece underwent a makeover for 1859. The two outlines to the star were reduced to one, and the lettering was made taller and more gothic. This font is a hallmark of Anthony Paquet's work, so he must share credit for the Type 3 design with J. B. Longacre.

With the end of Mint Director Snowden's deliberate overproduction, the mintage of trimes fell to a level reflecting actual circulation demand.

This date is slightly scarce in circulated grades, with Mint State pieces being very scarce, though often well struck. Gems exist in greater numbers than expected, perhaps from coins saved as novelties of the revised design.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1859 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.75 44.85 50.60 63.60 99.60 99.60 162 168 175 192 210 228 282 456 650 1160 2280 5850 13650 - -
$ 112 181 188 195 215 230 250 310 500 720 1280 2510 6300 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 319
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/5/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0812, 812/Lot# 253 $207.10
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 426 $546.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(1), 1158/Lot# 3274 $811.90
12/1/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 149333 $45.00
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 48 $1,100.00
6/23/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20079 $117.50
7/11/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5399 $193.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base456376851191832783663843984154294635156098911333188630573149698610989
516779961402143073723884034194404805467031038151722763087442883200
0000003073723884034194404805467031038151722763087442800
0000003363783934094244514975777971185170126663118570700
1859 3CS MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base456376851191832783663843984154294635156098911333188630573149698610989
516779961402143073723884034194404805467031038151722763087442883200
0000003073723884034194404805467031038151722763087442800
0000003363783934094244514975777971185170126663118570700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 609
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 609
Owner: Kove
 
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