Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,400,000
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: $0.38 (7/23/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 884
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Service
Grade
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6/7/1997 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1997 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #172, 172/Lot# 66 $4,840.00
9/10/1997 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1997 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #177, 177/Lot# 94 $4,620.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 458 $661.25
11/23/2008 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2616, 2616/Lot# 1220 $368.00
5/13/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/13/2012, 22/Lot# 51176 $26.00
9/15/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 769, 778/Lot# 207 $85.00
7/18/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21048 $235.00


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