Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
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: $0.42 (8/23/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 3CS PF obverse 1870 3CS PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Why the mintage of silver proofs rose so much from 1869 to 1870 is unknown, but it's unlikely that all 1,000 proof trimes were sold or otherwise distributed. Those that remained on hand at the end of the year may have been melted at that time, but they certainly would have been destroyed in 1873 after this coin type became obsolete.

Examples of this date are scarce but more readily found than the currency strikes. The combined mintage of the two is the third lowest for the series after 1873 and 1872. Gems are quite rare, with only a scattering of Cameo pieces known.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1870 3CS PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 236 236 253 265 288 318 375 390 504 720 1160 1840 3060 6790 16900 - -
$ 260 280 290 320 350 410 430 550 790 1280 2020 3300 7300 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 240
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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9/10/2014 PF 61   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 September 3 - 5 & 9 - 10 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 3035/Lot# 30370


Auction Prices Realized

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1/6/1999 PCGS PF 53   Teletrade Auction 1121, 1121/Lot# 1187 $196.20
8/13/2006 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 511 $13,800.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14244 $646.25
9/25/2013 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1258 $776.25
11/10/2013 NGC PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148717 $253.00
6/29/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 201187 $390.00
7/13/2014 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 52 $1,107.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94123163216278354401445477500529551597745865109517992124381755631689430648
10313618023630336941545548450953656664678594113291907268843999340214780
0000004154554845095365666467859411329190726884399934000
000000430466492519543581695825101815642015325249811311700
1870 3CS PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111147194255323409461510546570604629680842974122519852335414159901847333482
1231622142773514264775225545816126467348861057147821012937475710151234760
000000477522554581612646734886105714782101293747571015100
000000493534562592620663788930114117312218353953731431200
1870 3CS PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14719425532340951057062967270174176882810151166145223082699469467132118238342
16221427735144253058964368171475078889010651261173724383364536711536269020
0000005896436817147507888901065126117372438336453671153600
0000006096576917277598089521115135620222568402960401635900
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Grade: PF 65 CAMEO
Points: 1985
Owner: ddr70
 
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