Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,042,000
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: $0.36 (4/28/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1857 3CS MS obverse 1857 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another date whose high mintage may be attributed to Mint Director Snowden's ill-advised and illegal practice of purchasing silver bullion at a subsidized price and dispensing fractional coins in exchange.

Unlike the example shown, most 1857 three-cent pieces were reasonably well struck, though they still suffered from frequent die clashes. The coin illustrated is faintly prooflike, perhaps as a consequence of repolishing the dies to diminish the obvious clash marks.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/20/2015

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1857 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 65.00 140 230 255 275 300 365 550 865 1550 3300 7500 20000 - - -
$ 160 240 260 285 310 400 625 975 1750 4000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 351
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/2/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0881, 881/Lot# 1135 $207.10
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 204 $805.00
4/13/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24043, 24043/Lot# 13123 $1,072.95
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164831 $687.50
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 95   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 329 $67.78
11/30/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131449/Lot# 23560 $305.50
2/5/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1266 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5067768513926243157560462465567469587411381817268533655466106761722919463
5570791031803184795846106346616817549621364210629114065720212860179730
000000479584610634661681754962136421062911406572021286000
0000005275946176446676888141050159023953138476589391504400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2685
Owner: kathy&barry
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2685
Owner: Trime Time
 
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