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: $0.28 (9/5/2015)
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: 8/28/2015

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1853 3CS MS
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 95.00 145 155 170 185 215 235 300 545 975 1775 6500 - - -
$ 115 - 160 180 195 225 250 340 600 1250 3350 - -

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Total Graded: 856
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 420 $253.00
3/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2015, 2015/Lot# 1077 $440.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7518 $373.75
9/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 771, 780/Lot# 222 $586.00
3/9/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 177878 $192.50
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131411/Lot# 20067 $229.13
1/30/2015 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3519, 6088/Lot# 21036 $146.88
4/2/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3528, 6097/Lot# 20063 $405.38

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