Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,000
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 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1864 3CS MS obverse 1864 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue was a replay of 1863's coinage, with the exception that its mintage was little more than half that of the previous year. So rare are Mint State currency pieces of this date that for many years coin books and albums listed this as a proof-only date.

Most MS survivors are indeed prooflike but, because this is the norm for 1864, only the most brilliant ones are certified as PL. Worn examples are likewise very rare, and most collectors just complete their sets with the more available proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/29/2015

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1864 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 310 335 400 440 510 610 675 715 775 875 950 1150 1400 1900 3100 3700 7250 21500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1500 2100 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/2/1997 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0933, 933/Lot# 1088 $681.25
9/23/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2475 $960.00
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1221 $877.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2264 $2,467.50
9/15/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 769, 778/Lot# 40 $975.00
10/27/2014 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98116 $13,512.50
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98047 $3,760.00
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(1), 1251/Lot# 3419 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base811838882990105111521213128413631410147715831658184320482401305733244499701476388301
8208539181010108511721237131013791432151216081720191121662620314637165337722278590
0000001237131013791432151216081720191121662620314637165337722200
0000001260133713941455154816331781198022832838323541076176743000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3324
Owner: Trime Time
 
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