Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,663,500
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 (3/5/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1852 3CS MS obverse 1852 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The ongoing crisis with the hoarding of silver half dimes through dollars prompted a huge production of this denomination in 1852, its first full year of minting. As the only silver piece not worth more than its face value, the "trime" circulated freely and partially met the demand for small change.

This date is quite common in worn condition, and even gem Mint State pieces are plentiful enough to provide for advanced collections. The real challenge is to find an example having a fully struck shield, as this design typically is quite uneven.

Several repunched date varieties are known, the most desirable of these being the very rare one in which numeral 1 was punched over an inverted 2. Also quite popular is a bold doubled-die reverse.

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Last Updated: 2/27/2015

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1852 3CS MS
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Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 87.00 87.00 145 155 165 180 205 220 250 325 535 950 1525 5500 24500 - -
$ 120 150 160 175 195 215 230 275 375 590 1175 2800 7000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1580
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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5/7/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0943, 943/Lot# 1167 $196.20
1/14/1998 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1015, 1015/Lot# 1202 $599.50
8/7/1998 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 6065 $488.75
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 457 $345.00
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7280 $218.50
1/5/2012 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 651, 658/Lot# 8110 $736.00
6/16/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20124 $117.50
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 208697 $139.00


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