Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,500
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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1868 3CS MS obverse 1868 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another low-mintage issue that served little purpose in its own time. In all likelihood, many 1868 trimes remained in vaults when the order came to destroy all pieces in 1873.

Most survivors are Mint State or very close to it. Semi-prooflike fields or satiny luster are the norm for this date. The dies simply weren't run long enough to produce frosty luster, and this is true of all trimes 1863-72.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1868 3CS MS
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Base $ 345 405 449 510 570 570 600 640 690 750 840 930 1260 1810 3090 9650 16250 - - - -
$ 630 660 700 760 830 920 1020 1390 1990 3300 10400 17600 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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1/3/1996 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0803, 803/Lot# 232 $370.60
5/27/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 246 $3,881.25
1/9/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3280 $35,250.00
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 535 $500.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3708 $1,880.00
6/3/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3619 $925.90


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