1851 3cS PR

Mintage: 1

1858 3cS PR

Mintage: 300

1858 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 300

1859 3cS PR

Mintage: 800

1859 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 800

1859 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 800

1860 3cS PR

Mintage: 1,000

1860 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 1,000

1860 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,000

1861 3cS PR

Mintage: 1,000

1861 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 1,000

1861 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,000

1862 3cS PR

Mintage: 550

1862 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 550

1862 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 550

1863 3cS PR

Mintage: 460

1863 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 460

1863 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 460

1863/2 3cS PR

Mintage: 460

1863/2 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 460

1863/2 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 460

1864 3cS PR

Mintage: 470

1864 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 470

1864 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 470

1865 3cS PR

Mintage: 500

1865 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 500

1865 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 500

1866 3cS PR

Mintage: 725

1866 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 725

1866 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 725

1867 3cS PR

Mintage: 625

1867 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 625

1867 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 625

1868 3cS PR

Mintage: 600

1868 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1868 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

1869 3cS PR

Mintage: 600

1869 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1869 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

1869/8 3cS PR

Mintage: 600

1869/8 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1869/8 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

1870 3cS PR

Mintage: 1,000

1870 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 1,000

1870 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,000

1871 3cS PR

Mintage: 960

1871 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 960

1871 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 960

1872 3cS PR

Mintage: 950

1872 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 950

1872 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 950

1873 3cS PR

Mintage: 600

1873 3cS PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1873 3cS PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

Series Overview

Proof 3 cent silver coins were struck from 1854 through 1873 and cover most years of the series, which spanned from 1851 through 1873. All 3 cent silver coins, designed by Engraver James B. Longacre, are scarce and generally priced in the mid hundreds and up.

3 cent silver coins, also known as "trimes," were used for the purpose of purchasing postage, which was 3 cents per letter in the early 1850s. The denomination was also popular for other uses in commerce but was phased out in 1873 along with other denominations, including the 2 cent coin and half dime.

While there are three subtypes in the 3 cent silver series, only two are represented in proof format. These include the Variety II (1854-1858) and Variety III (1859-1873). Overall, the scarcest proof issue is the 1854, which is generally a five-figure coin. Proofs dated 1855-1858 and the 1873 are also scarce and usually command four-figure prices.