Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
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 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1870 3CS MS obverse 1870 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is another rare issue for which proofs outnumber the currency pieces. The mintage in 1870 was the second lowest of the series, with worn examples being extremely rare. It's likely than the majority of the 3,000 pieces coined never left the Philadelphia Mint and were consigned to the melting pot after this type was abolished in 1873.

No varieties are known for this date, and it's very likely that the entire mintage was produced with a single pair of dies. As is normal for such low-mintage currency coins, the early pieces were made with prooflike surfaces and the later ones with satiny luster.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/29/2015

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1870 3CS MS
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Total Graded: 90
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/17/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1059, 1059/Lot# 1172 $490.50
5/31/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 6210 $977.50
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1227 $292.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1026 $4,887.50
2/3/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 624 $552.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3294 $5,287.50
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 88   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 782, 791/Lot# 157 $500.00
2/27/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 3740 $3,172.50
3/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 117877 $459.80
4/22/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7378 $1,668.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CS MS
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1290
Owner: bartlesvilleok
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