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: $0.33 (12/15/2019)
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: 9/20/2019

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1853 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 50.00 57.00 65.00 95.00 150 155 170 180 210 220 240 310 515 930 1780 6500 - - -
$ 115 - 160 180 195 - 225 250 340 600 1250 3350 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 933
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: 12/10/2019 1853 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base51032509315237193155227101134216683411---933
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---------------2212---7
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Total51032509315237193155227101134218703513---940
 1 %1 %3 %5 %10 %2 %2 %1 %2 %3 %6 %0 %3 %11 %14 %23 %7 %4 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/25/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3826 $805.00
8/8/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3115, 3115/Lot# 1117 $74.75
9/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 771, 780/Lot# 222 $586.00
10/6/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 136331 $287.10
7/18/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21049 $141.00
10/25/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131544/Lot# 21642 $223.25
9/11/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131638/Lot# 25772 $199.75
11/20/2019 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131948/Lot# 27028 $360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211118320123735140948951555158663165369582012001683231942905577884810224
1051351892132753704364985275636016386677379471361189529764719666793070
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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