Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 720,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.8000g
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.46 (11/23/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1851 O 3CS MS obverse 1851 O 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The coining of silver three-cent pieces was an odd move that was never repeated after this first year of production. Only 720,000 were issued, and the 1851-O is moderately scarce in all grades. Gems are rare, and most examples are weakly struck at both the borders and the centers.

Seven die pairs were sent to the New Orleans Mint for this issue, and one reverse displays a very minor repunched mintmark that attracts little collector interest.

Irrespective of varieties, the 1851-O "trime" is popular for its novelty value as the only branch mint issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/11/2020

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1851 O 3CS MS
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Base $ 50.00 65.00 95.00 165 225 295 335 415 500 550 575 775 1000 1850 3150 6500 17000 - - -
$ 240 - 350 425 520 - 585 825 1225 2250 4500 9000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 486
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/17/2020 1851 O 3CS MS
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Base--49281610953439319647510646133---483
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Total--49281610953439319647510747133---485
 --1%2%6%3%2%2%1%7%8%1%4%13%15%22%10%3%1%--- 
1851 O 3CS MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------111-----3
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Total--------------122-----5
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O 3CS MS
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Base14315521226238163168475481190810211081111714211583236833454565640089801037111916
14717422930246464970777384394610411093121814751845269437525177726094441088612512
000000707773843946104110931218147518452694375251777260944400
000000731792876983106111051320152921063019415857888120990700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3345
Owner: Ziny
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2368
Owner: Trime Time
 
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