Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,400,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.8000g
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.34 (5/27/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1853 3CS MS obverse 1853 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Another high mintage issue, the 1853 three-cent piece is common in all grades short of the gem (MS 65) level. Most have frosty luster and incomplete strikes as on the example shown, which also reveals heavy die erosion.

Several repunched dates are known, but these elicit little attention from anyone but series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1853 3CS MS
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Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 95.00 145 155 170 185 205 215 235 300 545 975 1775 6500 - - -
$ 115 - 160 180 195 - 225 250 340 600 1250 3350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 903
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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5/20/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3279, 3279/Lot# 1521 $80.00
4/21/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 748, 757/Lot# 71 $105.00
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148435 $176.56
6/16/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20126 $117.50
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1254 $3,105.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7180 $793.13
3/5/2017 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131711/Lot# 23783 $176.25


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