Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 139,000
Catalog: KM-80
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.75g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.44 (7/30/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 3CS MS obverse 1855 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of this date reflects the drop in demand for three-cent pieces once half dimes through half dollars again became commonplace. It is scarce in all grades and genuinely rare in Mint State.

There are at least two repunched date varieties, but these are of limited interest. Most collectors seek this date only as a type coin.

The example illustrated is sharply struck, 1855 being among the few dates that are usually seen formally formed. It also displays very bold die-clashing on its reverse, a common occurrence on trimes, as the light weight and small size of their planchets led to frequent misfeeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/9/2015

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1855 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 50.00 67.00 125 230 360 400 465 500 625 775 1050 1700 2700 8800 16500 - - - -
$ 250 - 425 480 540 - 875 1175 1950 3000 11500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 151
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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8/2/2016 VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131631/Lot# 21076


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5/30/2005 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 82 $6,325.00
6/26/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 669 $2,346.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3218 $4,887.50
4/9/2012 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3256, 3256/Lot# 1294 $75.00
5/19/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20065 $135.13
8/1/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20051 $123.38
5/31/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24137 $176.25
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3333 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base547611915927240953264275282091597410281206145022334485515810726172951953521984
61901321963174505686787748519349921087128717112983470970141291518041203510
000000568678774851934992108712871711298347097014129151804100
0000006057157978839541010114613681972373449338870151051878800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1028
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 915
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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