Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
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: $0.39 (9/22/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 3CS MS obverse 1870 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another rare issue for which proofs outnumber the currency pieces. The mintage in 1870 was the second lowest of the series, with worn examples being extremely rare. It's likely than the majority of the 3,000 pieces coined never left the Philadelphia Mint and were consigned to the melting pot after this type was abolished in 1873.

No varieties are known for this date, and it's very likely that the entire mintage was produced with a single pair of dies. As is normal for such low-mintage currency coins, the early pieces were made with prooflike surfaces and the later ones with satiny luster.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1870 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 320 370 433 480 540 540 600 640 740 820 930 1020 1120 1340 2060 4810 6960 14300 - - -
$ 590 660 700 810 900 1020 1120 1230 1470 2270 5200 7500 15400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 87
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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11/9/2008 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2609, 2609/Lot# 1268 $575.00
11/16/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 428, 434/Lot# 263 $3,910.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1227 $292.00
8/11/2010 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4021 $4,600.00
9/7/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7283 $1,092.50
10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1026 $4,887.50
10/18/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3343 $1,175.00
2/3/2013 PCGS   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 624 $552.00
3/9/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 117877 $459.80


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36667472577482086588690810281103120612711290133314211707323836014888599080539338
46869174178983587289394810531137122712771304136215162217335940305255667784810
00000089394810531137122712771304136215162217335940305255667700
00000090098810781171124912831318139116112727348044595622736500
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1290
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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