Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.38 (6/3/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1869 3CS MS obverse 1869 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of the silver trime had fallen into a pattern by 1869, with just a few thousand coined annually. These did not circulate at the time, and precious few ever did reach circulation in later years. Thus, most of the relatively few survivors are Mint State or About Uncirculated. Proofs are far more plentiful than these currency strikes.

Most 1869 silver three-cent pieces were well struck, with occasional weakness at the periphery of the shield and star border. The population is divided between those having semi-prooflike fields and those from slightly worn dies having satiny luster.

A minor repunched date variety was formerly listed in some catalogs as 1869/8, but this seems to have been a knee-jerk declaration made about any date showing some repunching of the numerals. The roster of true overdates in United States numismatics is slowing declining as the years pass.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/15/2020

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1869 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 525 600 675 800 1060 1100 1350 1495 1550 1650 1930 2200 2500 4700 8500 10000 36500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 12000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 49
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 6/2/2020 1869 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-2--23-32811791---49
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Total----1-2--23-328117101---50
 ----2%-4%--4%6%-6%4%16%22%14%20%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8569089901066120613631421147715831843192819692048216123193103385250497317771583839094
87393510151113125813821440151216701871194219952086221425803353425158057450793886200
0000001440151216701871194219952086221425803353425158057450793800
0000001458154817561900195520222123226628423602465065617582816000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5049
Owner: Trime Time
 
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