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 (3/3/2015)
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 87.00 145 155 170 185 205 215 235 300 525 975 1850 7450 - - -
$ 115 150 160 180 195 210 225 250 340 575 1250 3350 - -

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Total Graded: 849
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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10/25/2000 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20105, 20105/Lot# 5094 $675.00
9/27/2004 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1941, 1941/Lot# 1130 $440.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 496 $322.00
1/13/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 94537 $288.75
9/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 771, 780/Lot# 222 $586.00
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148435 $176.56
6/9/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20097 $138.65
8/24/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21479 $123.38
10/24/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3505, 6059/Lot# 23058 $51.00

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