Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,458,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.38 (5/28/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1856 3CS MS obverse 1856 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The dramatic rise in mintage, more than ten times the number coined in 1855, did not reflect any increase in demand. Instead it revealed Mint Director Snowden's illegal policy of paying out silver coins in exchange for silver bullion at above market prices. The law stipulated that only gold bullion was to be accepted in payment for fractional silver coins as a means of preventing their overproduction. In his eagerness to overcome the previous shortage of fractional silver coins, Snowden disregarded this order for the next several years.

1856 trimes are not as common as their high mintage would suggest, and gems are truly rare. The example illustrated displays a superior strike.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/15/2020

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1856 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 55.00 65.00 80.00 130 220 225 240 270 350 400 505 775 1525 3600 16000 32000 - - -
$ 140 - 235 255 300 - 420 525 925 1825 4500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 364
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 5/26/2020 1856 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--432110161111642117545393175----364
--------------12------3
---------------3------3
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Total--432110161111642117545498175----370
 --1%1%6%3%4%3%3%2%11%0%5%15%15%26%5%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102111190209255463575674695725774916974113814882124328162488153134421530717357
105137196224324500608681705741821935102912551700251042706883991614064159900
00000060868170574182193510291255170025104270688399161406400
000000641688715758869955108313711912289552597518116791468500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3281
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1138
Owner: RGT1
 
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