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: $0.37 (9/30/2016)
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: 1651
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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12/18/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0903, 903/Lot# 1114 $207.10
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 457 $345.00
12/2/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7453 $373.75
11/29/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7691 $440.63
2/7/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7463 $587.50
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148436 $198.27
7/4/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21068 $45.83
8/10/2014 PCGS MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 816, 825/Lot# 29 $5,200.00


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