Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 720,000
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 (4/19/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O 3CS MS obverse 1851 O 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The coining of silver three-cent pieces was an odd move that was never repeated after this first year of production. Only 720,000 were issued, and the 1851-O is moderately scarce in all grades. Gems are rare, and most examples are weakly struck at both the borders and the centers.

Seven die pairs were sent to the New Orleans Mint for this issue, and one reverse displays a very minor repunched mintmark that attracts little collector interest.

Irrespective of varieties, the 1851-O "trime" is popular for its novelty value as the only branch mint issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/9/2015

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1851 O 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 53.00 67.00 105 205 265 295 350 420 485 725 975 1850 3750 7500 17000 - - -
$ 235 275 320 380 445 530 800 1250 2300 4500 9000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 468
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1474 $391.00
4/28/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 1321 $2,990.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9689 $747.50
7/28/2013 PCGS VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 762, 771/Lot# 588 $125.00
9/9/2013 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3447, 3447/Lot# 1173 $100.00
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3612 $188.00
10/12/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225072 $2.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base547689106194336437527577609655684715764874123923352754569389801037111916
61809413524136946754358762466469473180099516042474373367889443108860
0000004675435876246646947318009951604247437336788944300
00000049756059863967470474783711171969261447137884990700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1239
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1239
Owner: Justin Credible Coins
 
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