Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 720,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.8000g
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.34 (5/30/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1851 O 3CS MS obverse 1851 O 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The coining of silver three-cent pieces was an odd move that was never repeated after this first year of production. Only 720,000 were issued, and the 1851-O is moderately scarce in all grades. Gems are rare, and most examples are weakly struck at both the borders and the centers.

Seven die pairs were sent to the New Orleans Mint for this issue, and one reverse displays a very minor repunched mintmark that attracts little collector interest.

Irrespective of varieties, the 1851-O "trime" is popular for its novelty value as the only branch mint issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2015

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1851 O 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 53.00 67.00 105 205 265 295 350 420 460 485 725 975 1850 3750 7500 17000 - - -
$ 235 - 320 380 445 - 530 800 1250 2300 4500 9000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 465
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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6/11/2017 MS 64  Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1256/Lot# 3204


Auction Prices Realized

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9/26/1998 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 5737 $6,900.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 97 $603.75
11/12/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 427, 433/Lot# 6296 $454.25
7/11/2010 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2886, 2886/Lot# 1316 $414.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1599 $1,997.50
9/28/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/28/2014, 194/Lot# 215134 $1.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1257 $2,115.00
4/4/2017 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 17241 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base547689106194336437527577609655684715764874123923352754569389801037111916
61809413524136946754358762466469473180099516042474373367889443108860
0000004675435876246646947318009951604247437336788944300
00000049756059863967470474783711171969261447137884990700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1239
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1239
Owner: Justin Credible Coins
 
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