Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,663,500
Catalog: KM-75
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.80g
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.36 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
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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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1635
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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12/18/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0903, 903/Lot# 1113 $109.00
11/7/2003 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5461 $948.75
9/10/2006 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1102 $1,150.00
7/8/2010 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 3203 $230.00
1/5/2012 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 651, 658/Lot# 8110 $736.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7377 $573.40
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188188 $253.00
11/9/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24772 $334.88


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