Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
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 (12/20/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 3CS PF obverse 1856 3CS PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

The U. S. Mint did record proof mintages and sales until 1858, at which time its program of proof coinage was codified and publicized by Mint Director Snowden for the first time. In 1856 the availability of proofs was known only to a few, and sales were limited to an estimated 70-80 pieces.

As may be seen from the Census data, this date remains rare, and very few examples display enough contrast between fields and devices to be designated as Cameo by NGC.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1856 3CS PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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$ - - - - - 2570 2700 3800 4600 7100 16500 29800 54000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 34
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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8/11/2010 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3052 $10,350.00
6/1/2011 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3170 $9,775.00
7/7/2011 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3232 $9,200.00
5/30/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2256 $15,640.00
6/5/2013 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4365 $21,150.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base75891811031312155118211979212422332302240124642555286031943902574768208686356146532271236
81197911721391164118732027216022562335242224942656297134304517610474421766245516672930
000000202721602256233524222494265629713430451761047442176624551600
000000207521962279236824432524275830823666513264628064266385541900
1856 3CS PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8561031123314601719200921792335245125252631269927973122347842316185731792783833670288127607
914109813081546181520652231237324752560265327312905324037294882656279701896448986893940
000000223123732475256026532731290532403729488265627970189644898600
000000228324122500259526762764301333593980553369398624286505963700
1856 3CS PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333338471173154717531834202923353447391949357756278925126993277
33333332849551297161517801899213127053604425758751446835684652710
0000003284955129716151780189921312705360442575875144683568400
00000035651064142216841807196422333076376145966815211804347600
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