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: $0.33 (4/7/2020)
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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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1856 3CS PF
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Census

 
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: 3/31/2020 1856 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------31752----27
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Total--------------31753----28
 --------------11%61%18%11%---- 
1856 3CS PF CA
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Base----------------2-1---3
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Total----------------2-1---3
 ----------------67%-33%--- 
1856 3CS PF UC
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Base------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
 ------------------100%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 3CS PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21022160221822782339240124642528259426622730279929133453378146176845819599213833670288127607
2121217922382298236024222485255026172685275328373093356240605360729587701939348987893940
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000000250725722639270727762875327336724338610277459346288645963700
1856 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1999205421102168222622862347241024732538260426712781330336204431659579109592356146532271236
2017207321292187224623062368243124952560262627082955340938905152703384711826645517672930
000000236824312495256026262708295534093890515270338471182664551700
000000238924522516258226492744312935144161587474729031269405541900
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