Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (4/18/2021)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1859 3CS PF obverse 1859 3CS PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The adoption of the Type 3 modified design in 1859 probably went little noticed by collectors, who routinely purchased their proofs annually in growing numbers. Some 800 pieces were coined, but it's likely that some of these remained unsold and were either melted or, as Walter Breen suggested, dumped by the Mint into general circulation.

Most survivors are far from pristine, having suffered mishandling over the years. Gems are quite scarce, and Cameo examples are very rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/12/2021

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1859 3CS PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 280 320 375 425 535 860 1300 2500 4500 8800 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5750 - -
1859 3CS PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 4/13/2021 1859 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1--25124021122---95
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Total---------1--25124221122---97
 ---------1%--2%5%12%43%22%12%2%--- 
1859 3CS PF CA
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Base--------------493-1---17
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Total--------------493-1---17
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 3CS PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base607629653676701727752779806835911983106712211617207228713800508964592070537579
61463766168471073576178881686093510111118135317692338318142305546112082633039458
000000761788816860935101111181353176923383181423055461120800
000000770797825886959103911701485192026053490465960021595600
1859 3CS PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6636887137397667938208498778889691044113212931705217830073966529572222360542789
67169672274877580283085888191599410731186143018632454332744095937126833000044928
000000830858881915994107311861430186324543327440959371268300
0000008398688849421019110312391568202027313646485265801814400
1859 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base565588609633655680705729756783856925100511521531196927403639488860071898534490
5735956176406636887137387658078799521054127816772226304040555261103332415336215
00000071373876580787995210541278167722263040405552611033300
00000072174777483290297811031405182324833339447256341465900
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Grade: PF 64 CAMEO
Points: 2072
Owner: Robert Clarence CRAMER
 
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