Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 671,000
Catalog: KM-80
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.75grams
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.34 (10/8/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1854 3CS MS obverse 1854 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

During 1853 the weight of the fractional silver coins from half dime through half dollar had been reduced sufficiently to permit their free circulation once again. The trime was reduced in weight just slightly, while its fineness was raised to .900 to be in conformance with the other fractional silvers. This gave it a slightly higher intrinsic value, but that didn't really matter, as the need for this coin really passed with the return to circulation of the traditional silver denominations.

This redundancy is reflected in the plummeting mintage figure of the trime from 1853 to 1854. It really could have been eliminated altogether, but government inertia kept it going another 20 years.

To mark the change in standard, the silver trime was revised with outlines to the star and the addition of an olive branch above the value and a bundle of arrows below it.

This issue is moderately scarce in all Mint State grades and genuinely rare at the gem level. It is also under price pressure from type collectors seeking an example of the Type 2 design.

A very distinct repunched date is known for 1854, and this is among the few trime varieties sought by non-specialists.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2015

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1854 3CS MS
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 65.00 140 230 250 270 300 425 550 850 1400 2850 10500 21000 - - -
$ 175 - 260 280 320 480 600 1050 1580 3500 - - -

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Total Graded: 374
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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10/28/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98041
10/28/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1229/Lot# 99052

Auction Prices Realized

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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 304 $604.90
2/5/2006 NGC AU 50   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 54 $488.75
5/31/2006 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2212, 2212/Lot# 1055 $1,288.00
10/27/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 3932 $1,035.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3310 $3,818.75
2/22/2013 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1208 $3,760.00
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 163457 $1,994.30
9/19/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22078 $76.38

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 3CS MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 891
Owner: bartlesvilleok
Grade: XF 40
Points: 262
Owner: Durham Collection
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