Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,400,000
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 (5/27/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 3CS MS obverse 1853 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Another high mintage issue, the 1853 three-cent piece is common in all grades short of the gem (MS 65) level. Most have frosty luster and incomplete strikes as on the example shown, which also reveals heavy die erosion.

Several repunched dates are known, but these elicit little attention from anyone but series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1853 3CS MS
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Base $ 27.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 95.00 145 155 170 185 215 235 300 545 975 1775 6500 - - -
$ 115 - 160 180 195 225 250 340 600 1250 3350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 880
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Grade
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9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 458 $661.25
2/19/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA US Coin Online Session #431, 431/Lot# 7439 $373.75
6/20/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3298, 3298/Lot# 1341 $30.00
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 735 $680.00
3/9/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 177878 $192.50
7/18/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21048 $235.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5389 $305.50
10/30/2014 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10009 $4,993.75
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98040 $1,997.50


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