Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,603,700
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: $0.34 (7/1/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1858 3CS MS obverse 1858 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1858 was the final year for this Type 2 design and also for Mint Director Snowden's practice of paying out silver coins for silver bullion. The Treasury Department put a stop to this activity and demanded that he follow the letter of the law by issuing fractional silver only in exchange for gold bullion.

The 1858 trime is the most often seen of the short-lived Type 2 series. Strike quality varies from poor to almost full, but clash marks remain a nearly constant distraction in finding a desirable specimen. Mint State pieces are scarce and gems quite rare.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2015

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1858 3CS MS
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 65.00 140 215 230 255 275 360 475 850 1550 3100 5350 21500 - - -
$ 155 - 240 265 285 385 525 1000 1750 3400 6000 - -

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Total Graded: 618
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/19/1996 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0816, 816/Lot# 216 $261.60
2/5/2006 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 56 $534.75
7/10/2006 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX On-Line Coin Session #411, 411/Lot# 7295 $178.25
1/22/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 650 $1,104.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1011 $599.25
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1357 $4,406.25
7/14/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131330/Lot# 22843 $152.75
2/23/2014 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 173368 $56.10
7/11/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20076 $185.65
9/5/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20057 $99.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 3CS MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7737
Owner: Zakmar
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2685
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