Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,400,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.8000g
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.49 (1/28/2021)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1853 3CS MS obverse 1853 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Another high mintage issue, the 1853 three-cent piece is common in all grades short of the gem (MS 65) level. Most have frosty luster and incomplete strikes as on the example shown, which also reveals heavy die erosion.

Several repunched dates are known, but these elicit little attention from anyone but series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/11/2020

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1853 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 52.00 60.00 70.00 90.00 145 150 175 190 215 225 250 315 475 825 1700 6500 - - -
$ 120 - 155 185 200 - 235 260 345 585 1175 3350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 956
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/26/2021 1853 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base510355110015247203057227106134217713411---956
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---------------22-1---5
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Total510355110015247203057227106134219733413---962
 1%1%4%5%10%2%2%1%2%3%6%0%3%11%14%23%8%4%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211118320123735140948951555158663165369582012001683231942905577884810224
10513518921327537043649852756360163866773794713611895297647196667930710735
0000004364985275636016386677379471361189529764719666700
00000046250653957461664668177810731522210736335148775800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1683
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1200
Owner: RichH
 
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