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: $0.32 (8/2/2015)
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: 6/26/2015

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

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

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/25/1996 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0826, 826/Lot# 229 $261.60
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 806 $231.15
1/9/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3313 $1,800.10
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30198 $710.88
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
6/23/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30114 $11,750.00
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
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2685
Owner: kathy&barry
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2685
Owner: Trime Time
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