Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 364,200
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.56 (4/14/2021)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1859 3CS MS obverse 1859 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The three-cent piece underwent a makeover for 1859. The two outlines to the star were reduced to one, and the lettering was made taller and more gothic. This font is a hallmark of Anthony Paquet's work, so he must share credit for the Type 3 design with J. B. Longacre.

With the end of Mint Director Snowden's deliberate overproduction, the mintage of trimes fell to a level reflecting actual circulation demand.

This date is slightly scarce in circulated grades, with Mint State pieces being very scarce, though often well struck. Gems exist in greater numbers than expected, perhaps from coins saved as novelties of the revised design.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

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1859 3CS MS
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Base $ 50.00 65.00 85.00 100.00 135 180 185 205 220 230 245 345 425 700 1300 3500 15000 25000 - -
$ 150 - 190 210 225 - 265 350 515 875 1750 4100 - -

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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: 366
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1859 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--111815941122252173861883615-2--365
---------------222----6
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Total--111815941122252173861913820-2--375
 --0%0%5%4%2%1%3%6%7%1%5%10%16%24%10%5%-1%-- 
1859 3CS MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 3CS MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base456376851191832783663843984154294635156098911333188630573149698610989
5167799614021430737238840341944048054670310381517227630874428832011538
0000003073723884034194404805467031038151722763087442800
0000003363783934094244514975777971185170126663118570700
1859 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115123190220272463515563597620653674705820108814042029323860897431808210989
118145200237336480531574605631660684743909119316122432418865367648905111538
00000053157460563166068474390911931612243241886536764800
00000054758661264266769578299912991821283551396984786500
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1088
Owner: nmtlinuxman
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1088
Owner: RichH
 
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