Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,500
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: $0.39 (1/28/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1868 3CS MS obverse 1868 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another low-mintage issue that served little purpose in its own time. In all likelihood, many 1868 trimes remained in vaults when the order came to destroy all pieces in 1873.

Most survivors are Mint State or very close to it. Semi-prooflike fields or satiny luster are the norm for this date. The dies simply weren't run long enough to produce frosty luster, and this is true of all trimes 1863-72.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/20/2015

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1868 3CS MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 34
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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10/22/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Baltimore Bullet #109, 109/Lot# 85 $1,540.00
9/1/1999 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1206, 1206/Lot# 1093 $735.75
9/13/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 668 $10,925.00
8/11/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9312 $488.75
4/24/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1366 $3,525.00
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 535 $500.00
6/3/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3619 $925.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 3CS MS
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Base36667472577482086588690898210281095113811931488179921973525390252646910942010861
4686917417898358728939329971050110911561291159119312639365043565812774699000
0000008939329971050110911561291159119312639365043565812774600
00000090095710121072112311741389169520643082377648106361858300
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