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: $0.33 (10/22/2017)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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: 908
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
6/25/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 835 $172.50
1/29/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3215, 3215/Lot# 1332 $80.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 496 $322.00
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148435 $176.56
7/11/2014 NGC VG 10   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5391 $182.13
10/10/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14536 $129.25
12/20/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131552/Lot# 29040 $84.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211118320123735140948951555158663165369582012001683231942905577884810224
1051351892132753704364985275636016386677379471361189529764719666793070
0000004364985275636016386677379471361189529764719666700
00000046250653957461664668177810731522210736335148775800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1683
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1200
Owner: RichH
 
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