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: $0.33 (10/21/2017)
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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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: 468
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/2000 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7111 $1,840.00
1/25/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1475 $414.00
3/24/2004 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1861, 1861/Lot# 1023 $907.50
6/2/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5320 $977.50
7/14/2011 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 601, 608/Lot# 7259 $701.50
1/24/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8368 $1,207.50
12/9/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 79068 $68.20
2/1/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131506/Lot# 23114 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 3CS MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14315521226238163168475481190810211081111714211583236833454565640089801037111916
1471742293024646497077738439461041109312181475184526943752517772609444108860
000000707773843946104110931218147518452694375251777260944400
000000731792876983106111051320152921063019415857888120990700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2368
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2368
Owner: Justin Credible Coins
 
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