Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.7500g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.38 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1870 3CS PF obverse 1870 3CS PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Why the mintage of silver proofs rose so much from 1869 to 1870 is unknown, but it's unlikely that all 1,000 proof trimes were sold or otherwise distributed. Those that remained on hand at the end of the year may have been melted at that time, but they certainly would have been destroyed in 1873 after this coin type became obsolete.

Examples of this date are scarce but more readily found than the currency strikes. The combined mintage of the two is the third lowest for the series after 1873 and 1872. Gems are quite rare, with only a scattering of Cameo pieces known.

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Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1870 3CS PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 240 255 265 290 330 375 410 520 850 1350 1950 2700 9250 20000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 575 950 1475 2250 4300 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 242
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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3/31/1997 NGC PF 63   Teletrade Auction 0932, 932/Lot# 1056 $370.60
3/23/2009 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 351, 357/Lot# 653 $667.00
3/28/2009 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 405 $1,035.00
5/27/2012 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1068 $1,035.00
7/7/2013 NGC PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 117411 $357.50
11/10/2013 NGC PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148717 $253.00
10/30/2014 PCGS PF 66   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4026 $3,525.00
4/4/2017 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1253/Lot# 15158 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CS PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6296536767017257527707838048549301008105312351644211325522994519670771847333482
6376616847097347587747908218799561023111413711800225926993728582310876234760
000000774790821879956102311141371180022592699372858231087600
000000779797837905982103811741508195724062847446264501467400
1870 3CS PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6887137397647938028208358569109881056111713071734222226773134540673402118238342
69672274777479680882584287493610111076118014491897237428293891605111954269020
0000008258428749361011107611801449189723742829389160511195400
0000008308498929621033109712441592205925252982464966951656800
1870 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base586609631655680705721735754802874949100511661558200924332860499268201689430648
594616639663688710726741770826899968105912971708215025753571560110178214790
00000072674177082689996810591297170821502575357156011017800
00000073074878685092498611121427185922922718428162111353600
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Grade: PF 65 CAMEO
Points: 2552
Owner: ddr70
 
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