Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,400,000
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: $0.32 (4/27/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1853 3CS MS obverse 1853 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Another high mintage issue, the 1853 three-cent piece is common in all grades short of the gem (MS 65) level. Most have frosty luster and incomplete strikes as on the example shown, which also reveals heavy die erosion.

Several repunched dates are known, but these elicit little attention from anyone but series specialists.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/19/2015

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1853 3CS MS
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 87.00 145 155 170 185 215 235 300 525 975 1850 7450 - - -
$ 115 150 160 180 195 225 250 340 575 1250 3350 - -

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Total Graded: 850
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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4/26/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7371

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4/13/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1040, 1040/Lot# 1147 $1,242.00
5/15/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 592 $770.50
11/6/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Signature Auction #452, 452/Lot# 190 $1,840.00
5/25/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3826 $805.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3230 $1,410.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6771 $160.98
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 144782 $192.50
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3505 $1,057.50

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