Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,400
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 (8/30/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 3CS MS obverse 1871 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The rare currency pieces of this date are nearly indistinguishable from proofs, and many of both issues have been misattributed in the past.

The survival rate of this date is a bit higher than its mintage would suggest, and it's likely that some were acquired by dealers directly from the Mint when this denomination was declared obsolete in 1873. Collectors of that time took little notice of these low-mintage coins, as proofs were inexpensive and readily available.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1871 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 360 405 460 480 570 570 600 630 660 750 840 920 1040 1190 1690 1940 2630 4750 10400 - -
$ 630 660 690 730 830 920 1010 1140 1310 1860 2130 2800 5100 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 141
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Price
3/4/1994 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 105 $715.00
9/14/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 753 $1,495.00
11/16/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 428, 434/Lot# 264 $2,070.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1228 $468.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1029 $4,140.00
1/6/2013 NGC MS 68   Teletrade Auction 3411, 3411/Lot# 1274 $7,820.00
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 536 $450.00
7/6/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202552 $1,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3666747257748208658869089861036110711521173123913751515192824013365409550626626
46869174178983587289393410021059112211591195128414211652208527223608441755830
00000089393410021059112211591195128414211652208527223608441700
00000090096010191083113711661217132914681790224330433851473900
1871 3CS MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39572177482687492194396610481100117412211243131213881600202925193518427152676876
50373879184288992895099310651124118912281266133714581743219228523769460358030
00000095099310651124118912281266133714581743219228523769460300
000000958102010821149120512351289136215291886235531854020493500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1928
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1515
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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