Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 139,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.52 (12/4/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1855 3CS MS obverse 1855 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of this date reflects the drop in demand for three-cent pieces once half dimes through half dollars again became commonplace. It is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in Mint State.

There are at least two repunched date varieties, but these are of limited interest. Most collectors seek this date only as a type coin.

The example illustrated is sharply struck, 1855 being among the few dates that are usually seen formally formed. It also displays very bold die-clashing on its reverse, a common occurrence on trimes, as the light weight and small size of their planchets led to frequent misfeeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

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1855 3CS MS
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 95.00 175 275 400 475 525 550 725 875 1150 1775 2150 8750 16500 30000 - - -
$ 280 - 485 535 570 - 900 1275 1975 3000 11500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 163
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1855 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12315101795615198173195----163
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Total-12315101795615198173295----164
 -1%1%2%9%6%10%5%3%4%9%1%5%5%10%20%5%3%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14316320126243768481192599010881138130314771753226828604888632410726172951953521984
150176221320519726849947102311051193136115691925246535365367779112916180422035123083
0000008499471023110511931361156919252465353653677791129161804200
0000008879681055112112481419166120962663421258459259151051878800
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1138
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 990
Owner: James & April
 
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