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: $0.30 (10/13/2015)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1852 3CS MS
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 95.00 145 155 165 180 220 250 325 545 950 1675 5800 24500 - -
$ 120 - 160 175 195 230 275 375 610 1175 2800 7000 -

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Total Graded: 1604
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
10/28/2015 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1229/Lot# 99050
10/28/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1229/Lot# 99051
11/1/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7151

Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
11/17/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #145, 145/Lot# 93 $577.50
3/6/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0821, 821/Lot# 288 $59.95
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1221 $862.50
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8804 $646.25
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7375 $352.50
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 328 $83.78
5/25/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22075 $51.70
8/31/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 211095 $200.00
12/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20041 $616.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 3CS MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1315
Grade: MS 64
Points: 865
Owner: bartlesvilleok
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