Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Three Cents (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.53 (12/4/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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Description & Analysis

Of the 960 proofs coined, it's likely that at least some were later destroyed as unsold. The true net mintage will probably never be known.

This is another issue that has a very low mintage of currency strikes, as well. The proofs, while more available overall, are still quite scarce. As may be seen from the photos, even proofs are not always fully struck. This coin is indistinct at the bow and its knot.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/6/2019

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1871 3CS PF
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Base $ - - - - 245 260 275 290 335 410 470 575 860 1375 1800 2450 8000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 975 1480 2050 2750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 231
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 12/1/2020 1871 3CS PF
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Base----------221021466033198---201
----------------11----2
-------------1--------1
-------------------1--1
Total----------2210224660342081--205
 ----------1%1%5%11%22%29%17%10%4%0%-- 
1871 3CS PF CA
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Base-------------337925---29
-----------------12---3
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Total-------------337937---32
 -------------9%9%22%28%9%22%--- 
1871 3CS PF UC
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Base------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 3CS PF CA
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Base6376616867117377627747948248549381034112312641617213424512857488859901866633819
64566969472074576678180483488297010641170138217892240258635345255102152371735510
000000781804834882970106411701382178922402586353452551021500
0000007878148449101002109312171499196223452722421156231444100
1871 3CS PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6997237497768048138248468779089971098119013381705224325722992508967132139638715
707732758785807817831856887938103111291239146018842353271236915630116072716940651
0000008318568879381031112912391460188423532712369156301160700
0000008398678989671064115912891583206424622852439061721650200
1871 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base595618642672690715725745774802882974105911931531202923352727469455631707530964
6036266526786987187327557838299131002110413061697213124663383498494002170532512
00000073275578382991310021104130616972131246633834984940000
000000738764793855943103111481418186322332596403852731323800
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