Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (3/2/2021)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1861 3CS PF obverse 1861 3CS PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

As in 1860 the Philadelphia Mint struck 1,000 silver proof sets in anticipation of whatever orders would be received during the course of the year. This proved highly optimistic, and some 600 sets were later melted. This is another date that is rare in gem condition and with Cameo contrast. The slender rim of this coin type offered little protection from high point abrasion, which is often seen on the shield and the ribs of the obverse star.

A repunched date variety is reported for 1861, but the photos are more suggestive of simple strike doubling.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1861 3CS PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 325 375 425 535 760 1125 1850 4100 9000 19000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1350 2300 4500 - -
1861 3CS PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4100 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 87
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/23/2021 1861 3CS PF
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Base------------172025188----79
----------------2-21--5
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Total------------17202520821--84
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1861 3CS PF CA
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Base-------------1-43-----8
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---------------1------1
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Total-------------1-53-----9
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 3CS PF CA
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Base648672697721747774800829858888921983106712211501191724863560507669382013836542
65668070573075678381083986889994210111118131416402107284440655697113382560638369
000000810839868899942101111181314164021072844406556971133800
000000819848878910962103911701408177822963202457163171573800
1861 3CS PF UC
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Base7097337607878158428729019319649801028113212931583201726073718528271262302341721
71774276979682485288291194296999610631186139017282214297742395897124252925643807
000000882911942969996106311861390172822142977423958971242500
0000008919219539751012109712391486187224103348476165111772400
1861 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base604629650676699725751777806833865925100511521421182123683406487666851845533516
6126366596847087347607878158448859521054124215542003271438965479106082347535192
00000076078781584488595210541242155420032714389654791060800
00000076879682485490597811031331168821863060438660821453200
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Grade: PF 64 CAMEO
Points: 1917
Owner: bmorgen1
 
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