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Obverse of 1853 Three Cents     Reverse of 1853 Three Cents


1853 THREE CENTS - SILVER

PCGS No: 3667

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 11,400,000
Proofs: 
None known

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 14.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 75%
Copper - 25%

Weight: 12.4 grains (.8 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) just right of the opening of the C on the reverse.

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-67's.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6743, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00

Recent appearances:
Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 200, sold for $460.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 228, plated, unsold

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 85, plated, sold for $1,840.00  Ex Abner Kreisberg's sale of December 10, 1965, lot 4022

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5972, not plated, sold for $718.75

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5973, not plated, unsold

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 405, sold for $632.50

PCGS MS-63 (illustrated above).  Ex - J.H. Nunn, August 30, 1944, as part of a complete set from 1851-1873 for $135.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 136, illustrated, sold for $333.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service