Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 497,000
Catalog: KM-88
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 0.75g
ASW: 0.0217oz
Melt Value: $0.35 (5/30/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 3CS MS obverse 1861 3CS MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of trimes rose sharply in 1861, as uncertainty over the outcome of the Civil War and the value of the new federal paper money prompted some hoarding. This date is more common across all grades than other Type 3 trimes, though its values are comparable to those of several issues, since few collect this series by date.

The typical Mint State 1861 trime is also well struck and quite lustrous, and this had made it a good choice for type collectors. A minor repunched date variety is known, but only the most dedicated specialists seek it.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2015

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1861 3CS MS
Base $ 29.00 45.00 55.00 72.00 115 170 185 200 215 235 285 430 600 1100 1900 4450 12500 - -
$ 125 - 195 210 220 250 325 460 725 1300 - - -

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Total Graded: 850
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 82 $356.50
6/10/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28063, 28063/Lot# 23069 $207.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 67   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 766 $4,140.00
8/7/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 718 $862.50
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(1), 1162/Lot# 3198 $805.00
12/12/2011 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3188, 3188/Lot# 1512 $200.00
5/30/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7660 $218.50
3/2/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 174952 $90.20
11/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 565 $240.00

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