Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 139,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.37 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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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: 152
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/26/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 669 $2,346.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2470 $3,680.00
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
2/28/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1764 $718.75
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7507 $172.50
7/16/2012 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3312, 3312/Lot# 1479 $825.00
1/12/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131403/Lot# 24483 $205.63
5/31/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23162 $84.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14316320126243768481192599010881138130314771753226828604888632410726172951953521984
15017622132051972684994710231105119313611569192524653536536777911291618042203510
0000008499471023110511931361156919252465353653677791129161804200
0000008879681055112112481419166120962663421258459259151051878800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1477
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1138
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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