Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,042,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.53 (9/21/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1857 3CS MS obverse 1857 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is another date whose high mintage may be attributed to Mint Director Snowden's ill-advised and illegal practice of purchasing silver bullion at a subsidized price and dispensing fractional coins in exchange.

Unlike the example shown, most 1857 three-cent pieces were reasonably well struck, though they still suffered from frequent die clashes. The coin illustrated is faintly prooflike, perhaps as a consequence of repolishing the dies to diminish the obvious clash marks.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/11/2020

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1857 3CS MS
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Base $ 25.00 50.00 60.00 80.00 145 235 250 280 295 325 375 525 875 1600 3300 7500 18800 - - -
$ 165 - 265 290 315 - 415 635 950 1725 4000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 366
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1857 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--36251585892141438511143411----366
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Total--36251585892141438511153511----368
 --1%2%7%4%2%1%2%2%6%1%4%10%14%31%10%3%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102111183201255477586684735774820856933120615732161314945656820106761722919463
105135189219329513619701748789832882102413281769249036215317810512860179740
00000061970174878983288210241328176924903621531781051286000
00000065171876180584490711151451196528204093606893911504500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3149
Owner: kathy&barry
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3149
Owner: Trime Time
 
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