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1864 Silver Three-Cent Piece
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1864 Silver Three-Cent Piece

The silver three-cent piece experienced a checkered career that witnessed only limited success. Introduced in 1851 as the first subsidiary coin, its bullion value was deliberately set well below its face value to permit it to circulate during a temporary run-up in the price of silver. To achieve this without making the coin impossibly small, its fineness was only .750, as opposed to .900 silver for the other coins of this metal. When the weight of all the silver issues was reduced in 1853, the three-cent piece's fineness was upgraded to .900.

In 1864, there were no silver coins circulating in most of the USA, due to the depreciated value of the federal paper money. Thus, the small number (12,000) of trimes coined for circulation were simply stored at the Philadelphia Mint, where most were later melted. For generations, collectors failed to appreciate the rarity of currency strikes, and only in recent years have they become highly sought. Though a prooflike cameo, this dazzling gem is unquestionably a rare currency piece. White at its centers, this gave way to gorgeous peripheral toning of gold, magenta and cobalt.

NGC Census

The NGC online census of graded coins is a wonderful tool that is intuitive and user-friendly. You’ll find a complete listing of USA coin types, divided into MS (Mint State and circulated coins) and PF (Proof coins). Clicking on the desired category will open that particular selection, and further options for obtaining more detailed information will appear. Separate tabs are provided for NGC-certified world coins as well as tokens and medals.
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NGC Coin Explorer

The NGC Coin Explorer is the most comprehensive online coin reference for United States coins. In it, you’ll find images and specifications for every US coin, including mintage figures and current melt values for all gold, silver, and platinum coins. Detailed coin descriptions with insightful analysis are available for almost every coin and NGC certified populations are also displayed in simple chart and graph formats.
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Verify NGC Certification

Use this online tool to compare the certification details of any coin against the NGC certification database. This is also a great launching off point to learn more about your coin. In addition to seeing the grade and attribution details associated with your coins, you will also be provided the NGC Coin Price Guide value, a link to its population figures and a link to its coin encyclopedia entry.
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NGC US Coin Price Guide

A feature incorporated into the online Census of NGC-certified coins is the NGC Coin Price Guide. By clicking on a highlighted coin issue, a table appears that features both that coin's certified population and its corresponding values across several grades.
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NGC Auction Central

You can find upcoming and completed aucitons for NGC-certified United States coins in the NGC Auction Central. Navigate through sales from some of the world's largest auction houses. Search through years of auction data using this powerful search tool to help you research your favorite coins.
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World Coin Price Guide

The World Coin Price Guide is a complete catalog of values for World coins from 1600 to date. Created by NGC and Krause Publications' NumisMaster, the price guide pages are arranged by Krause catalog numbers and include values, images and specifications such as weight, composition, engraver and current bullion values. Found at NGCcoin.com, it is the most comprehensive online valuation guide available, and is free to all users.
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Top 10 NGC Auction Prices

NGC coins have set numerous auction records. Find the auction prices of some of the world's most valuable coins that have been graded by NGC overall and in your favorite series.
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NGC Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide

The NGC Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide is your single comprehensive resource for Panda coin values and more. Click on the description you’re interested in and the coin details page opens to reveal a Price Guide chart, along with NGC Census data, variety attributions, NGC Registry scores and more. All values are for NGC-certified coins.
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VarietyPlus

NGC maintains a comprehensive guide to the varieties we recognize on our website. This catalog includes important attribution information and detailed photographs.
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World Gold Coins Value Guide

The World Gold Coins Value Guide is your resource for average asking prices of common date examples of NGC-certified World coins. Values may fluctuate depending on whether a coin meets NGC's grading criteria, but the figures shown are based on actual observed trades, and serve as an excellent tool for dealers and collectors.
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Coin Grading Guide: From 1 to 70

NGC Research Director Dave Lange looks at the entire series of United States coins, on a type-by-type basis, providing tips on how each coin type is graded and qualities to seek in selecting optimum examples. Now you can shop for coins well armed with useful facts and insights that will help you avoid many pitfalls.
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Glossary

Numismatics, like any specialized field, has a language all its own. To help you find your way, NGC created this alphabetical glossary of common numismatic terms that you may encounter on the NGC certification label and elsewhere on this
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Numismatic Bibliography

NGC's research department uses many resources when researching information for VarietyPlus and the Coin Encyclopedia. You can search through the Reference used from this page.
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