Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,603,700
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.39 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1858 3CS MS obverse 1858 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1858 was the final year for this Type 2 design and also for Mint Director Snowden's practice of paying out silver coins for silver bullion. The Treasury Department put a stop to this activity and demanded that he follow the letter of the law by issuing fractional silver only in exchange for gold bullion.

The 1858 trime is the most often seen of the short-lived Type 2 series. Strike quality varies from poor to almost full, but clash marks remain a nearly constant distraction in finding a desirable specimen. Mint State pieces are scarce and gems quite rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1858 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 48.00 55.00 75.00 140 215 230 255 275 315 360 490 850 1550 2700 5350 21500 - - -
$ 155 - 240 265 285 - 385 525 1000 1750 3400 6000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 659
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1858 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1863282881527581146992171451714---659
----------1------14---6
--------------1--3----4
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Total--1863282881527591146993171452118---669
 --0 %1 %9 %4 %4 %1 %2 %4 %9 %0 %2 %10 %14 %26 %7 %3 %3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5410 $2,990.00
5/31/2006 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2212, 2212/Lot# 1056 $201.60
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 1945 $2,530.00
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1407 $172.50
2/24/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 91118 $73.70
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1344 $43.00
7/4/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21078 $197.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102111183201255477563653684735774847925110315582161305739357014106621727619515
10513518921932950659366370174879887398412551759246033504961823012867180220
0000005936637017487988739841255175924603350496182301286700
00000062367471876182389910441406196027583642598894461507100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3057
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3057
Owner: Trime Time
 
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