Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,663,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.8000g
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.29 (4/6/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1852 3CS MS obverse 1852 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The ongoing crisis with the hoarding of silver half dimes through dollars prompted a huge production of this denomination in 1852, its first full year of minting. As the only silver piece not worth more than its face value, the "trime" circulated freely and partially met the demand for small change.

This date is quite common in worn condition, and even gem Mint State pieces are plentiful enough to provide for advanced collections. The real challenge is to find an example having a fully struck shield, as this design typically is quite uneven.

Several repunched date varieties are known, the most desirable of these being the very rare one in which numeral 1 was punched over an inverted 2. Also quite popular is a bold doubled-die reverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/6/2020

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1852 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 29.00 44.00 47.00 60.00 100.00 155 170 190 200 220 230 275 315 495 825 1510 5000 24200 - -
$ 120 - 170 190 205 - 230 285 375 610 1150 2800 11000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1749
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/31/2020 1852 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base41433731261625821457055218728449118986191--1749
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--------------11-21---5
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Total41433731261625821457055218728549218988201--1754
 0%1%2%4%7%1%1%0%1%3%4%0%3%11%16%28%11%5%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211118320123735140948951555158663166372586512001658225038177374882410198
1051351892132753704364985275636016426847729771353185527725003785792820
0000004364985275636016426847729771353185527725003785700
00000046250653957461665270481810881505205332956188834100
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2250
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1200
Owner: JasonHankins
 
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