Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 497,000
Catalog: KM-88
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 (12/28/2014)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1861 3CS MS obverse 1861 3CS MS reverse

Expand All    Collapse All


There are no varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The mintage of trimes rose sharply in 1861, as uncertainty over the outcome of the Civil War and the value of the new federal paper money prompted some hoarding. This date is more common across all grades than other Type 3 trimes, though its values are comparable to those of several issues, since few collect this series by date.

The typical Mint State 1861 trime is also well struck and quite lustrous, and this had made it a good choice for type collectors. A minor repunched date variety is known, but only the most dedicated specialists seek it.


Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation


Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1861 3CS MS
Base $ 28.75 44.85 52.90 66.00 102 102 162 174 192 205 210 228 282 413 600 1130 1560 3840 12160 - -
$ 114 181 195 215 220 230 250 310 450 660 1240 1720 4100 -
NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer



Total Graded: 830
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
10/10/2005 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2103, 2103/Lot# 1132 $156.80
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 57 $460.00
10/2/2007 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #447, 447/Lot# 7422 $172.50
11/1/2010 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 528, 535/Lot# 229 $759.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12194 $893.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30199 $599.25
12/22/2013 NGC MS 68   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 128553 $17,000.00
5/25/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22098 $162.15
8/24/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131435/Lot# 21051 $171.55

NGC Registry

Related Articles

NGC Rarities Continue To Fly Off The Shelf; First Annual Fall ANA Around The Corner

10/6/2011  — Fall is officially here, a season which is highlighted by cooler temperatures...
View full article >
From the NGC Archives: 1861 Silver Three-Cent Piece

11/10/2009  — This month’s feature, sometimes called a trime, is a standout rarity. Read on for the full story of this beautiful specimen.
View full article >

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer