Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.51 (11/26/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1870 3CS MS obverse 1870 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is another rare issue for which proofs outnumber the currency pieces. The mintage in 1870 was the second lowest of the series, with worn examples being extremely rare. It's likely than the majority of the 3,000 pieces coined never left the Philadelphia Mint and were consigned to the melting pot after this type was abolished in 1873.

No varieties are known for this date, and it's very likely that the entire mintage was produced with a single pair of dies. As is normal for such low-mintage currency coins, the early pieces were made with prooflike surfaces and the later ones with satiny luster.

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Last Updated: 5/11/2020

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1870 3CS MS
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Base $ 450 500 600 675 775 850 950 1200 1350 1450 1575 1750 2450 2550 6200 11000 37500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 6500 11250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1870 3CS MS
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Base---1---3259-3111029114----88
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Total---1---3259-3111030114-1--90
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1870 3CS MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base85690899710661173133313931450155818211907194920682179230229854202510486449094984810647
8739381020110212261353141214861646185019211989210522202530339145036284879493451011411179
0000001412148616461850192119892105222025303391450362848794934500
0000001431152217331878193520282142226127573796480374648944959700
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