Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
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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1856 3CS PF obverse 1856 3CS PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

The U. S. Mint did record proof mintages and sales until 1858, at which time its program of proof coinage was codified and publicized by Mint Director Snowden for the first time. In 1856 the availability of proofs was known only to a few, and sales were limited to an estimated 70-80 pieces.

As may be seen from the Census data, this date remains rare, and very few examples display enough contrast between fields and devices to be designated as Cameo by NGC.

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1856 3CS PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 31
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/27/2011 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1154/Lot# 5034 $18,400.00
5/30/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2256 $15,640.00
1/7/2015 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4028 $12,925.00
5/12/2015 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98108 $28,200.00
1/6/2016 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5281 $9,987.50
2/4/2016 NGC PF 67   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1232/Lot# 3108 $27,025.00
8/10/2016 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 3979 $22,325.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 3CS PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21022160221822782339240124642528259426622730279929133453378146176845819599213833670288127607
2121217922382298236024222485255026172685275328373093356240605360729587701939348987893940
000000248525502617268527532837309335624060536072958770193934898700
000000250725722639270727762875327336724338610277459346288645963700
1856 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1999205421102168222622862347241024732538260426712781330336204431659579109592356146532271236
2017207321292187224623062368243124952560262627082955340938905152703384711826645517672930
000000236824312495256026262708295534093890515270338471182664551700
000000238924522516258226492744312935144161587474729031269405541900
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