Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 497,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.40 (2/26/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1861 3CS MS obverse 1861 3CS MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 857
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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3/2/1995 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Bullet Sale #132, 132/Lot# 69 $1,760.00
1/9/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL FUN Online Session #395, 395/Lot# 25347 $345.00
12/26/2010 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2984, 2984/Lot# 1161 $287.50
2/24/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7035 $1,150.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14241 $364.25
2/3/2013 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 623 $253.00
2/24/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 51072 $154.00

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