Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,663,500
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 (3/23/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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Description & Analysis

The ongoing crisis with the hoarding of silver half dimes through dollars prompted a huge production of this denomination in 1852, its first full year of minting. As the only silver piece not worth more than its face value, the "trime" circulated freely and partially met the demand for small change.

This date is quite common in worn condition, and even gem Mint State pieces are plentiful enough to provide for advanced collections. The real challenge is to find an example having a fully struck shield, as this design typically is quite uneven.

Several repunched date varieties are known, the most desirable of these being the very rare one in which numeral 1 was punched over an inverted 2. Also quite popular is a bold doubled-die reverse.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/18/2015

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1852 3CS MS
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 95.00 145 155 165 180 205 220 250 325 545 950 1675 5000 24500 - -
$ 120 - 160 175 195 - 230 275 375 610 1175 2800 11000 -

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Total Graded: 1653
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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9/15/1997 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0980, 980/Lot# 1081 $109.00
9/19/2005 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1562 $1,265.00
12/9/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131251/Lot# 22028 $89.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3272 $3,290.00
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 328 $83.78
5/25/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22071 $129.25
10/12/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 211095 $175.00
2/19/2017 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131709/Lot# 27044 $89.00

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