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THREE CENTS - SILVER (1851-1873)

Obverse of 1851-O Three Cents - Silver     Reverse of 1851-O Three Cents - Silver

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

This tiny silver coin is also known as a "Trime" or a "Fish-scale".  The odd denomination is tied to the Postal rates at the time, which were also the justification for the Gold Three-Dollar Coin.  Beginning in 1865, this type overlapped with the Nickel Three Cent Coins and the production of the Trimes decreased gradually until the type was ended in 1873.

SUB-TYPE ONE - NO OUTLINE AROUND STAR (1851-1853)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1851

5,447,400

est. 10

 

1851-O

720,000

1 known

This is the only mintmarked Three Cent Silver

1852

18,663,500

1 known

 

1853

11,400,000

None known

 
 

SUB-TYPE TWO - DOUBLE OUTLINE AROUND STAR (1854-1858)

1854

671,000

est. 20

 

1855

139,000

est. 40

 

1856

1,458,000

est. 40

 

1857

1,042,000

est. 75

 

1858

1,604,000

est. 200-300

 

Obverse of 1867 Three Cents - Silver     Reverse of 1867 Three Cents - Silver

Images courtesy of R.M. Smythe

SUB-TYPE THREE - SINGLE OUTLINE AROUND STAR (1859-1873)

1859

365,000

800

   

1860

286,000

1,000

 

1861

497,000

1,000

 

1862

343,000

550

Look for the slightly scarcer 1862/1 variety.

1863

21,000

460

Proofs are known of the 1863/2 variety.

1864

12,000

470

 

1865

8,000

500

   

1866

22,000

725

 

1867

4,000

625

 

1868

3,500

600

 

1869

4,500

600

Look for the very rare 1869/8 variety

1870

3,000

1,000

 

1871

3,400

960

 

1872

1,000

950

 

1873

0

600

Struck only as Proofs and only in the Closed 3 variety (no Open 3 varieties are known to exist).