Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,400
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.58 (3/3/2021)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1871 3CS MS obverse 1871 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The rare currency pieces of this date are nearly indistinguishable from proofs, and many of both issues have been misattributed in the past.

The survival rate of this date is a bit higher than its mintage would suggest, and it's likely that some were acquired by dealers directly from the Mint when this denomination was declared obsolete in 1873. Collectors of that time took little notice of these low-mintage coins, as proofs were inexpensive and readily available.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/11/2020

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1871 3CS MS
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Base $ 465 525 600 675 700 775 875 900 975 1050 1175 1225 1500 2000 2750 3600 5550 13800 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1871 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----113--1712220281936162--139
----------------12-1--4
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-------------------1--1
Total----113--1712220282038164--144
 ----1%1%2%--1%5%1%1%1%14%19%14%26%11%3%-- 
1871 3CS MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2123---8
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Total---------------2123---8
 ---------------25%13%25%38%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 3CS MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base93098310591146120614101472153116441671169717991985207221742468274033404173597365276876
948100810881166127414311492156916531680173118612014210622722559294036184773615866437220
0000001492156916531680173118612014210622722559294036184773615800
0000001511160616621688176519232043214023702649314038955373634200
1871 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8749259971081113813331393145015581583160917071886196920682352261431944000574762866626
89194910251100120313531412148615661592164217671914200221632439280734634582592763996957
0000001412148615661592164217671914200221632439280734634582592700
0000001431152215751600167418261941203522572527300137315165610600
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5747
Owner: Good Trimes
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3194
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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