Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Silvers (1851-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,400
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: $0.33 (2/8/2016)
Diameter: 14mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 3CS MS obverse 1871 3CS MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The rare currency pieces of this date are nearly indistinguishable from proofs, and many of both issues have been misattributed in the past.

The survival rate of this date is a bit higher than its mintage would suggest, and it's likely that some were acquired by dealers directly from the Mint when this denomination was declared obsolete in 1873. Collectors of that time took little notice of these low-mintage coins, as proofs were inexpensive and readily available.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/29/2015

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1871 3CS MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 150
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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2/7/2016 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1232/Lot# 3675


Auction Prices Realized

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1/11/1997 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 5710 $747.50
3/10/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0926, 926/Lot# 1113 $1,242.00
1/3/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1065 $1,725.00
1/9/2008 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 589 $1,495.00
9/14/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 753 $1,495.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1228 $468.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 481 $184.00
7/18/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 602, 609/Lot# 1655 $1,805.50
8/31/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202552 $1,000.00
6/4/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3261 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 3CS MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3666747257748208658869089861036110711521173123913751515192824013365409550626626
46869174178983587289393410021059112211591195128414211652208527223608441755830
00000089393410021059112211591195128414211652208527223608441700
00000090096010191083113711661217132914681790224330433851473900
1871 3CS MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39572177482687492194396610481100117412211243131213881600202925193518427152676876
50373879184288992895099310651124118912281266133714581743219228523769460358030
00000095099310651124118912281266133714581743219228523769460300
000000958102010821149120512351289136215291886235531854020493500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1928
Owner: Trime Time
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1515
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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