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: $0.32 (4/4/2020)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1872 3CS MS obverse 1872 3CS MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Like the 1871 trime, this date is more proof than currency coin, and telling the two apart can be challenging. The proofs of this period are of lesser quality than during the 1860s, while the very low-mintage business strikes were superior to more mass produced coins. Indeed, the same pair of dies was used to produce the 950 proofs, and both issues show a minor repunched date.

The attrition rate for this date, the lowest mintage in the series, was quite high. It's likely that very few had been paid out before the trime was legislated into oblivion and the remaining pieces melted.

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Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1872 3CS MS
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Base $ 400 450 500 650 1100 2100 2425 2600 2800 3675 4125 4500 5000 8125 13300 17100 37500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 21500 70000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
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: 3/31/2020 1872 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2--2-311-471263----41
-----------------1----1
-----------------1----1
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Total----2--2-311-471265----43
 ----5%--5%-7%2%2%-9%16%28%14%12%---- 
1872 3CS MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-21---4
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Total---------------1-21---4
 ---------------25%-50%25%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 3CS MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base100510511131120614101799191720292134221423082352264830213386398451965832894994101018311003
10201078115612741540183819542064216122452323245127723143358543885408687191039668104560
0000001954206421612245232324512772314335854388540868719103966800
0000001992209921872277233725492897326437854792562079109256992500
1872 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941990106611381333170718211928202921062197230225252885323838174992561086449094984810647
9571015109012031458174518571962205521362232237626453003343142095198662187949345101140
0000001857196220552136223223762645300334314209519866218794934500
0000001892199520802167226724512765312036244600540476338944959700
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Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 5832
Owner: Trime Time
 
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