Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,000
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 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 3CS MS obverse 1863 3CS MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The issuance of non-redeemable paper money by both the CSA and USA during the war quickly drove gold and silver coins from circulation in most of the nation. The place of this denomination was taken first by small paper notes and then, in 1865, by a base metal coin. Only token mintages of the silver three-cent piece occurred for the next decade, these few coins kept on hand to make up odd sums in payment of deposits and to keep the denomination current, at least on the books.

While rare in overall numbers, the quality of 1863 trimes is uniformly high. The dies weren't used enough to become worn or even to lose their prooflike brilliance. This transferred only partially to the coins, with examples certifiable as PL being rare.

What was touted as an overdate years ago is simply a minor repunched date. While collectable, there is little interest in variety collecting for the low-mintage dates of this series.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/29/2015

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1863 3CS MS
Base $ 315 335 390 430 500 625 685 785 880 940 1000 1100 1375 2300 3500 5950 9150 18500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1550 2600 4100 7000 - -

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Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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10/22/1993 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Baltimore Bullet #109, 109/Lot# 84 $1,732.50
5/26/1997 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0948, 948/Lot# 1142 $1,944.00
4/15/2001 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1042 $1,728.00
7/27/2005 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5415 $9,775.00
6/1/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 480 $2,070.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1220 $409.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3341 $2,232.50
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4017 $7,050.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 3CS MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2643
Owner: Trime Time
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