Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 671,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.55 (8/2/2021)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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Description & Analysis

During 1853 the weight of the fractional silver coins from half dime through half dollar had been reduced sufficiently to permit their free circulation once again. The trime was reduced in weight just slightly, while its fineness was raised to .900 to be in conformance with the other fractional silvers. This gave it a slightly higher intrinsic value, but that didn't really matter, as the need for this coin really passed with the return to circulation of the traditional silver denominations.

This redundancy is reflected in the plummeting mintage figure of the trime from 1853 to 1854. It really could have been eliminated altogether, but government inertia kept it going another 20 years.

To mark the change in standard, the silver trime was revised with outlines to the star and the addition of an olive branch above the value and a bundle of arrows below it.

This issue is moderately scarce in all Mint State grades and genuinely rare at the gem level. It is also under price pressure from type collectors seeking an example of the Type 2 design.

A very distinct repunched date is known for 1854, and this is among the few trime varieties sought by non-specialists.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/27/2021

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1854 3CS MS
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Base $ 55.00 75.00 90.00 110 170 225 245 265 325 375 425 515 900 1200 2450 5500 15000 55000 - -
$ 180 235 255 275 350 400 475 600 1000 1550 3200 8500 25000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 399
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 7/27/2021 1854 3CS MS
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Base-2221220161110242911556611052841---399
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Total-2221220161110242911556621082842---404
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021111832012554775866847257648209001028120615582048293652646951107501733819583
1051351892193295136196987387838479431087132317212344371258268217129461808620562
00000061969873878384794310871323172123443712582682171294600
00000065171175180187398511471441188526404488638994841514200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 820
Owner: James & April
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 684
Owner: Two B's Coins
 
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