Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,663,500
Catalog: KM-75
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.7500
Weight: 0.80g
ASW: 0.0193oz
Melt Value: $0.31 (6/1/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 3CS MS obverse 1852 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The ongoing crisis with the hoarding of silver half dimes through dollars prompted a huge production of this denomination in 1852, its first full year of minting. As the only silver piece not worth more than its face value, the "trime" circulated freely and partially met the demand for small change.

This date is quite common in worn condition, and even gem Mint State pieces are plentiful enough to provide for advanced collections. The real challenge is to find an example having a fully struck shield, as this design typically is quite uneven.

Several repunched date varieties are known, the most desirable of these being the very rare one in which numeral 1 was punched over an inverted 2. Also quite popular is a bold doubled-die reverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/18/2015

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1852 3CS MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 95.00 145 155 165 180 220 250 325 545 950 1675 5000 24500 - -
$ 120 - 160 175 195 230 275 375 610 1175 2800 11000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1634
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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7/16/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1333, 1333/Lot# 1043 $261.60
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 418 $368.00
12/5/2010 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210122/Lot# 22033 $195.50
4/24/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7463 $499.38
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 1066 $1,350.00
7/4/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21067 $45.83
8/31/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 208697 $153.00
1/6/2016 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5278 $17,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base506776851021752753663843954124234505025978651357175335255563882410198
557079901262083053723874004154324675336861029148923434204665092820
0000003053723874004154324675336861029148923434204665000
0000003353783914064194414845657751193162129344883773700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1315
Owner: DLCCOIN
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 865
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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