Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,447,400
Catalog: KM-75
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.80grams
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.31 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 3CS MS obverse 1851 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This coin debuted at a time when all higher denominations of silver coins were being hoarded due to a imbalance in their intrinsic value relative to gold. It was an emergency issue which, like so many others, lingered long after its utility had passed.

This first year witnessed a very large production, and Mint State survivors are fairly plentiful up to and including the gem level. Only above MS 66 does this coin become rare. Most unworn examples reveal frosty or creamy luster and incomplete strikes.

With so many dies needed, the 1851(P) three-cent piece has numerous die punching varieties, the best of which are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1851 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.45 43.70 48.30 56.40 75.60 75.60 140 150 162 175 204 216 228 325 475 920 1430 6500 - - -
$ 85.00 157 168 181 195 220 240 250 360 520 1010 1570 7000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1242
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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1/5/2015 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 4 - 5 NYINC World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 3037/Lot# 29073


Auction Prices Realized

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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 300 $633.65
8/31/2005 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2086, 2086/Lot# 1167 $257.60
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2473 $891.25
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1351 $1,292.50
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 144783 $654.50
6/1/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131423/Lot# 24654 $112.80
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14529 $193.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base506776851021752753663843954124234505025978741357175335255570883610211
557079901262083053723874004154324675336891035148923434206665892940
0000003053723874004154324675336891035148923434206665800
0000003353783914064194414845657811196162129344888774700
1851 3CS MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base547685941151902983954154264454564845396409301435184736835791914610556
6179881011402263304014184324484655025727361098157224594385690996160
0000003304014184324484655025727361098157224594385690900
0000003624084224384524745206068331266170930715088802700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1357
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1357
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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