Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,500
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: $0.37 (2/1/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1869 3CS MS obverse 1869 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of the silver trime had fallen into a pattern by 1869, with just a few thousand coined annually. These did not circulate at the time, and precious few ever did reach circulation in later years. Thus, most of the relatively few survivors are Mint State or About Uncirculated. Proofs are far more plentiful than these currency strikes.

Most 1869 silver three-cent pieces were well struck, with occasional weakness at the periphery of the shield and star border. The population is divided between those having semi-prooflike fields and those from slightly worn dies having satiny luster.

A minor repunched date variety was formerly listed in some catalogs as 1869/8, but this seems to have been a knee-jerk declaration made about any date showing some repunching of the numerals. The roster of true overdates in United States numismatics is slowing declining as the years pass.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/20/2015

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 49
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Price
5/22/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 247, 253/Lot# 5620 $2,213.75
5/25/2008 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3829 $6,900.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1226 $409.00
8/11/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4020 $5,462.50
3/4/2012 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3235, 3235/Lot# 1223 $109.25
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30118 $7,637.50
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3218 $1,645.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4025 $7,637.50
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10135 $25,850.00


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