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: $0.33 (11/24/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1852 3CS MS obverse 1852 3CS MS reverse


  
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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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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: 1683
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 81 $460.00
2/4/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 218, 224/Lot# 234 $782.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 66   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 382 $1,438.00
2/19/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3227, 3227/Lot# 1434 $27.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7505 $253.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7680 $235.00
6/9/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20091 $62.28
8/31/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 208697 $153.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211118320123735140948951555158663166372586512001658225038177374882410198
1051351892132753704364985275636016426847729771353185527725003785792820
0000004364985275636016426847729771353185527725003785700
00000046250653957461665270481810881505205332956188834100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1200
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1200
Owner: RichH
 
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