Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.61 (5/17/2021)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1856 3CS PF obverse 1856 3CS PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The U. S. Mint did record proof mintages and sales until 1858, at which time its program of proof coinage was codified and publicized by Mint Director Snowden for the first time. In 1856 the availability of proofs was known only to a few, and sales were limited to an estimated 70-80 pieces.

As may be seen from the Census data, this date remains rare, and very few examples display enough contrast between fields and devices to be designated as Cameo by NGC.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/6/2019

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1856 3CS PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2350 2550 3650 4450 7450 17000 26800 50100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 19000 33500 - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 31
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1856 3CS PF
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Base--------------31752----27
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Total--------------31753----28
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1856 3CS PF CA
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Base----------------2-1---3
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Total----------------2-1---3
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1856 3CS PF UC
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Base------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 3CS PF CA
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Base21022160221822782339240124642528259426622730279929133453378146176845819599213833670288127607
212121792238229823602422248525502617268527532837309335624060536072958770193934898789394133987
000000248525502617268527532837309335624060536072958770193934898700
000000250725722639270727762875327336724338610277459346288645963700
1856 3CS PF
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Base1999205421102168222622862347241024732538260426712781330336204431659579109592356146532271236
20172073212921872246230623682431249525602626270829553409389051527033847118266455176729374798
000000236824312495256026262708295534093890515270338471182664551700
000000238924522516258226492744312935144161587474729031269405541900
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