Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
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 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
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1871 3CS PF obverse 1871 3CS PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Of the 960 proofs coined, it's likely that at least some were later destroyed as unsold. The true net mintage will probably never be known.

This is another issue that has a very low mintage of currency strikes, as well. The proofs, while more available overall, are still quite scarce. As may be seen from the photos, even proofs are not always fully struck. This coin is indistinct at the bow and its knot.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1871 3CS PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 245 260 275 290 335 390 445 540 825 1375 1800 2450 8000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 975 1475 2050 2750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 217
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Price
12/6/1999 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1244, 1244/Lot# 1088 $1,512.00
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1491 $1,150.00
6/29/2009 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 388, 394/Lot# 211 $1,079.85
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6775 $470.00
4/1/2014 NGC PF 61   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7437 $616.88
6/22/2014 NGC PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202572 $4,510.00
8/2/2017 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(1), 1258/Lot# 3264 $14,100.00
9/7/2017 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1259/Lot# 3141 $1,320.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 3CS PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6376616867117377627747948248549381034112312641617213424512857488859901866633819
6456696947207457667818048348829701064117013821789224025863534525510215237170
000000781804834882970106411701382178922402586353452551021500
0000007878148449101002109312171499196223452722421156231444100
1871 3CS PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6997237497768048138248468779089971098119013381705224325722992508967132139638715
70773275878580781783185688793810311129123914601884235327123691563011607271690
0000008318568879381031112912391460188423532712369156301160700
0000008398678989671064115912891583206424622852439061721650200
1871 3CS PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base595618642672690715725745774802882974105911931531202923352727469455631707530964
603626652678698718732755783829913100211041306169721312466338349849400217050
00000073275578382991310021104130616972131246633834984940000
000000738764793855943103111481418186322332596403852731323800
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