Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,500
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 (9/26/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1868 3CS MS obverse 1868 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another low-mintage issue that served little purpose in its own time. In all likelihood, many 1868 trimes remained in vaults when the order came to destroy all pieces in 1873.

Most survivors are Mint State or very close to it. Semi-prooflike fields or satiny luster are the norm for this date. The dies simply weren't run long enough to produce frosty luster, and this is true of all trimes 1863-72.

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Last Updated: 6/29/2015

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1868 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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7/13/2008 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2556, 2556/Lot# 1150 $84.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3280 $35,250.00
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 535 $500.00
6/3/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3619 $925.90
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10134 $16,450.00
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98051 $21,150.00
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3145 $15,275.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base85690899710661173133313931450155819281989202920682197319441576007713875297935942010861
87393810201102122613531412148616811948200220422111252935154774638472687664843099000
0000001412148616811948200220422111252935154774638472687664843000
0000001431152218051969201620552154286238365390676173997800892500
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