Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 497,000
Catalog: KM-88
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.75g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.42 (9/28/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 3CS MS obverse 1861 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of trimes rose sharply in 1861, as uncertainty over the outcome of the Civil War and the value of the new federal paper money prompted some hoarding. This date is more common across all grades than other Type 3 trimes, though its values are comparable to those of several issues, since few collect this series by date.

The typical Mint State 1861 trime is also well struck and quite lustrous, and this had made it a good choice for type collectors. A minor repunched date variety is known, but only the most dedicated specialists seek it.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1861 3CS MS
Base $ 29.00 45.00 55.00 72.00 115 170 185 200 215 225 235 285 430 600 1100 1900 4450 12500 - -
$ 125 - 195 210 220 - 250 325 460 725 1300 - - -

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Total Graded: 856
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2007 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 896 $2,875.00
8/12/2013 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3443, 3443/Lot# 1159 $82.25
8/18/2013 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 6 $245.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5034 $7,343.75
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 167577 $495.00
6/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131423/Lot# 24130 $223.25
6/9/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20115 $156.28
12/7/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131450/Lot# 25100 $164.50

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