Three Cent Silvers

(1851-1873)

Type 1 (1851-1853)

Although the notion of a three-cent piece strikes us as strange today, in 1851 the denomination actually seemed like a good idea to members of Congress and even to members of the public. It did serve a purpose for a time. The impetus for this coin—the smallest ever issued by Uncle Sam in terms of weight and thickness—was twofold. It was “fathered,” so to speak, by the California Gold Rush and “mothered” by the nation’s postal system.

Following the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, thousands of fortune-seekers swarmed to California. The “Forty-Niners” and others who followed them mined enormous quantities of gold. That, in turn, had a direct impact on U.S. coinage: The massive new supplies of gold depressed that metal’s value in relation to silver, leading to.... (Expand Text)

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1851 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 1 MS67

GEM FLASHY WHITE. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$6,500.00

1854 SILVER 3CS MS66

GEM SATIN SURFACES. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$7,950.00

1854 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 MS67

*QUALITY. TYPE 2. LOVELY IRIDESCENT TONE. JUST 1 HIGHER.
$9,950.00

1856 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 PR65

TYPE 2. 40-50 STRUCK.
$12,950.00

1857 SILVER 3CS PR65

GEM WHITE PROOF. ONLY 75 STRUCK.
$9,750.00

1857 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 MS66

TYPE 2. A FABULOUS GEM. JUST 3 HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$7,950.00

1857 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 MS66

TYPE 2. ONLY 3 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$6,250.00

1857 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 PR65

GEM PROOF. ONLY 75 STRUCK.
$12,500.00

1858 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 PR65

GEM PROOF. JUST 300 STRUCK.
$7,250.00

1858 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 PR66

GEM PROOF. ONLY 300 STRUCK. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$12,500.00

1858 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 PR67

GEM PROOF. ONLY 300 STRUCK. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$18,500.00

1863 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 MS66

GEM WHITE PROOFLIKE.
$5,750.00

1863 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 PR68

SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY 460 STRUCK. CAC.
$21,500.00

1864 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 MS68

GEM TRIME. RADIATE COLORS. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$19,500.00

1865 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. ONLY 500 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST AT NGC.
$8,500.00

1865 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. ONLY 500 STRUCK. LOVELY IRIDESCENT TONING.
$8,500.00

1868 SILVER 3CS PR67

GEM IRIDESCENT TONED PROOF. ONLY 600 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$6,500.00

1870 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 MS66

A GEM. ONLY 3,000 STRUCK. JUST 3 COINS GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$9,950.00

1871 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 PR67

JUST 960 STRUCK. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$6,500.00

1872 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 PR67

GEM PROOF. ONLY 1,000 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST NUMERICAL GRADE AT NGC.
$5,750.00