Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,000
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: $0.40 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1864 3CS MS obverse 1864 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue was a replay of 1863's coinage, with the exception that its mintage was little more than half that of the previous year. So rare are Mint State currency pieces of this date that for many years coin books and albums listed this as a proof-only date.

Most MS survivors are indeed prooflike but, because this is the norm for 1864, only the most brilliant ones are certified as PL. Worn examples are likewise very rare, and most collectors just complete their sets with the more available proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1864 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 290 330 396 432 510 510 540 570 660 750 840 900 1080 1340 1690 2280 3220 5620 16580 - -
$ 560 590 630 730 830 920 990 1190 1470 1860 2510 3500 6100 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 87
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/20/1997 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0973, 973/Lot# 1168 $327.00
12/8/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5480 $3,450.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2475 $960.00
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1039 $21,850.00
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1221 $877.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2264 $2,467.50
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3291 $5,287.50
9/15/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 769, 778/Lot# 40 $975.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366563620674725774842908958990103610661117120614211583192824333406386852136902
4315826386917417968649249681005104610831146127714751698209627573560431657760
0000008649249681005104610831146127714751698209627573560431600
0000008869419791020105611001176134915291813226430813714476400
1864 3CS MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3376851151832783663843984154294454896098911333179925853149751712114
32779951372143073723884034194344595297031038148820612773460590490
0000003073723884034194344595297031038148820612773460500
0000003363783934094244394745697971185164323232961606100
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2433
Owner: Trime Time
 
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