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.
$6,750.00

1854 SILVER 3CS MS66

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

1857 SILVER 3CS PR65

GEM PROOF. ONLY 75 STRUCK.
$12,500.00

1857 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 MS66

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

1858 SILVER 3CS PR66

GEM PROOF. ONLY 300 STRUCK. JUST 3 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$11,950.00

1858 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 2 PR67

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

1863 SILVER 3CS, TYPE 3 PR68

SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY 460 STRUCK. CAC.
$22,500.00

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. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$8,500.00