Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 139,000
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: $0.35 (3/4/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1855 3CS MS obverse 1855 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of this date reflects the drop in demand for three-cent pieces once half dimes through half dollars again became commonplace. It is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in Mint State.

There are at least two repunched date varieties, but these are of limited interest. Most collectors seek this date only as a type coin.

The example illustrated is sharply struck, 1855 being among the few dates that are usually seen formally formed. It also displays very bold die-clashing on its reverse, a common occurrence on trimes, as the light weight and small size of their planchets led to frequent misfeeds.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/19/2015

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1855 3CS MS
Base $ 40.00 50.00 67.00 125 230 230 360 400 465 500 625 775 1050 1500 2650 10000 19500 - - - -
$ 250 380 425 480 540 675 875 1175 1950 3000 13000 - - -

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Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/26/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 669 $2,346.00
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 618 $920.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2470 $3,680.00
7/12/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7508 $215.05
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7507 $172.50
11/25/2012 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3387, 3387/Lot# 1361 $437.00
11/25/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131249/Lot# 26656 $129.25
8/8/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3275 $8,812.50
7/11/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5394 $141.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 3CS MS
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1028
Owner: bartlesvilleok
Grade: AU 58
Points: 915
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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