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: $0.37 (10/25/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 6/17/2013

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1855 3CS MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.75 49.45 63.25 120 210 210 288 306 360 420 570 700 990 1310 2780 7440 18140 - - - -
$ 230 320 340 400 460 630 770 1090 1440 3000 8000 19600 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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10/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98113


Auction Prices Realized

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6/6/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Bullet Auction #377, 377/Lot# 155 $920.00
5/30/2005 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 82 $6,325.00
6/26/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 669 $2,346.00
11/29/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60170 $2,530.00
11/25/2012 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3387, 3387/Lot# 1361 $437.00
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
6/16/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20127 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base547611915927240953264275282091597410281206145022334485515810726172951953521984
61901321963174505686787748519349921087128717112983470970141291518041203510
000000568678774851934992108712871711298347097014129151804100
0000006057157978839541010114613681972373449338870151051878800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1028
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 915
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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