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About This Series

The Greysheet Catalog (GSID) of the 3-Cent Silver series of 3-Cent Pieces in the U.S. Coins contains 37 distinct entries with CPG® values between $36.45 and $443,700.00.
3 cent silver "trimes" were struck from 1851 through 1873 and were produced with the primary purpose of paying for postage, which at the time was 3 cents for a first-class letter mailed in the United States. While the "trime," designed by James B. Longacre, indeed became popular with the public for this reason, 3 cent coins also served a larger role in commerce, and the denomination circulated well for many years.

The 3-cent coin also has the reputation of being the nation?s lightest coin, weighing in at only 0.80 grams upon its debut and eventually being scaled back to only 0.75 grams. There are three major varieties or subtypes within the series. These include the Type I, which was struck from 1851 through 1853 and has the plainest design and is also the most common design variant of the series. The Type II, struck from 1854 through 1858, exhibits a border around the obverse star and has greater ornamentation around the "III" on the reverse. Further border enhancements on the obverse star created the third and final subtype, which was minted from 1859 until the end of the series in 1873.

All regular-issue dates minted from 1863 through 1872 are extremely scarce, as most of the production from those years was melted in 1873. There are a few notable varieties, including the 1851 1/inverted 2 and 1862 2/1 overdate. Proofs were also made during most years the series was issued, and all of these proof issues are scarce. All of the 1873 pieces were struck only as proofs.

Catalog Detail

  3-Cent Silver Value Range Favorite
3-Cent Silver Value Range  
3-Cent Silver 3cS Type 1, 1851-1853 MS Type Coin
$36.45
-
$26,400
$36.45 - $26,400
3-Cent Silver 3cS Type 2, 1854-1858 MS Type Coin
$40.50
-
$90,000
$40.50 - $90,000
3-Cent Silver 3cS Type 3, 1859-1872 MS Type Coin
$40.50
-
$21,600
$40.50 - $21,600
1851 3cS MS
$36.45
-
$5,000
$36.45 - $5,000
1851 3cS Repunched Date, FS-302 MS
$273
-
$3,600
$273 - $3,600
1851-O 3cS MS
$47.25
-
$31,700
$47.25 - $31,700
1851-O 3cS MS PL
-
 
1852 3cS MS
$36.45
-
$26,400
$36.45 - $26,400
1853 3cS MS
$36.45
-
$5,000
$36.45 - $5,000
1854 3cS MS
$44.55
-
$90,000
$44.55 - $90,000
1854 3cS Repunched Date, FS-301 MS
-
 

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1855 3cS MS
$61.00
-
$57,600
$61.00 - $57,600
1856 3cS MS
$43.20
-
$43,200
$43.20 - $43,200
1857 3cS MS
$40.50
-
$21,600
$40.50 - $21,600
1858 3cS MS
$40.50
-
$90,000
$40.50 - $90,000
1859 3cS MS
$40.50
-
$9,380
$40.50 - $9,380
1860 3cS MS
$40.50
-
$10,000
$40.50 - $10,000
1861 3cS MS
$40.50
-
$21,600
$40.50 - $21,600
1862 3cS MS
$40.50
-
$21,600
$40.50 - $21,600
1862/1 3cS MS
$40.50
-
$7,880
$40.50 - $7,880
1863 3cS MS
$390
-
$21,600
$390 - $21,600
1863 3cS MS PL
-
 
1864 3cS MS
$390
-
$31,200
$390 - $31,200
1864 3cS MS PL
-
 
1865 3cS MS
$390
-
$10,600
$390 - $10,600
1866 3cS MS
$455
-
$31,700
$455 - $31,700
1866 3cS MS PL
-
 
1867 3cS MS
$390
-
$43,200
$390 - $43,200
1868 3cS MS
$585
-
$42,000
$585 - $42,000
1868 3cS MS PL
-
 

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1869/9 3cS MS
$390
-
$27,000
$390 - $27,000
1870 3cS MS
$390
-
$28,800
$390 - $28,800
1870 3cS MS PL
-
 
1871 3cS MS
$390
-
$21,600
$390 - $21,600
1871 3cS MS PL
-
 
1872 3cS MS
$488
-
$66,000
$488 - $66,000
3-Cent Silver Set 3cS no 1862/1, 23 Coins MS Set Total
$4,600
-
$443,700
$4,600 - $443,700
       

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Greysheet Catalog Details

The Greysheet Catalog (GSID) of the 3-Cent Silver series of 3-Cent Pieces in the U.S. Coins contains 37 distinct entries with CPG® values between $36.45 and $443,700.00.
3 cent silver "trimes" were struck from 1851 through 1873 and were produced with the primary purpose of paying for postage, which at the time was 3 cents for a first-class letter mailed in the United States. While the "trime," designed by James B. Longacre, indeed became popular with the public for this reason, 3 cent coins also served a larger role in commerce, and the denomination circulated well for many years.

The 3-cent coin also has the reputation of being the nation?s lightest coin, weighing in at only 0.80 grams upon its debut and eventually being scaled back to only 0.75 grams. There are three major varieties or subtypes within the series. These include the Type I, which was struck from 1851 through 1853 and has the plainest design and is also the most common design variant of the series. The Type II, struck from 1854 through 1858, exhibits a border around the obverse star and has greater ornamentation around the "III" on the reverse. Further border enhancements on the obverse star created the third and final subtype, which was minted from 1859 until the end of the series in 1873.

All regular-issue dates minted from 1863 through 1872 are extremely scarce, as most of the production from those years was melted in 1873. There are a few notable varieties, including the 1851 1/inverted 2 and 1862 2/1 overdate. Proofs were also made during most years the series was issued, and all of these proof issues are scarce. All of the 1873 pieces were struck only as proofs.

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