Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 497,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.33 (4/7/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1861 3CS MS obverse 1861 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of trimes rose sharply in 1861, as uncertainty over the outcome of the Civil War and the value of the new federal paper money prompted some hoarding. This date is more common across all grades than other Type 3 trimes, though its values are comparable to those of several issues, since few collect this series by date.

The typical Mint State 1861 trime is also well struck and quite lustrous, and this had made it a good choice for type collectors. A minor repunched date variety is known, but only the most dedicated specialists seek it.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1861 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 50.00 55.00 80.00 120 180 190 200 215 225 235 285 430 585 1100 1900 4850 12500 - -
$ 125 - 195 210 220 - 250 325 460 725 1300 - - 17500

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 909
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
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: 4/7/2020 1861 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--12269342120547372510411919011674286--909
--------------111311--8
---------------111----3
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Total--12269342120547372510412019211878297--920
 --0%0%3%1%4%2%2%6%8%1%3%11%13%21%13%8%3%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111918322027840947755158662065367469579310361271179924013620565685099847
11414019523932243250256359763166068172887411141447200028074299660789550
00000050256359763166068172887411141447200028074299660700
00000052657460964266768876095511931623220032144977755800
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2401
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2000
Owner: Steve H. Phillips
 
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