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Three Cent Nickels & Silvers

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There are 9 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on November 2, 2020

Photo Date Grade TPG GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Three Cent Silvers
3Cent Silver  1851 1851
AU55 raw
Original $150 Crusty Original, Thick Golden Patina, First Year of Issue. This is one of those coins that has two completely different personalities; in hand vs. bright light appearance. My images capture the crusty original surfaces that are so evident during in hand viewing. Once placed under bright light, the toning melts exposure ample luster and faint gold coloring. The reverse also adds some faint blue hues. This piece does have an old toned over line that starts that lower left rim, then through the date and into the right rim. This piece is ideal for a Dansco type set where strict originality is desired.
3Cent Silver  1851O 1851-O
MS63
PCGS
38474266
Choice $1100 Popular New Orleans 3 Cent Silver Date, Chrome-Gold Coloring, Choice Surfaces, Bold Rims . The 1851-O date is unique is the 3 cent silver series as the only issue struck outside the Philadelphia mint. Mintage was a substantial 720,000 pieces with a reasonable amount of survivors for present day collectors. Why did GFRC add this 1851-O example to inventory? The chrome-gold coloring and satiny luster captured my attention along with CAC approval. The CAC green bean validates the natural toned surfaces. Bright light viewing exposes uniform luster on the obverse while the reverse is more heavily toned. Rims are nicely squared and unabraded. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
3Cent Silver  1853 1853
AU53 raw
Choice $175 Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Well Struck. Locating solidly original silver 3 cent pieces takes considerable searching as many circulated example have issues. This example offers choice surfaces and rims that are covered with crusty gray patina. The obverse toning is thicker than the reverse as seen on the GFRC images. Please note the rims and the lack of any marks along with the uniform strike. Accurately graded also.
3Cent Silver  1854 1854
Repunched Date
MS63
NGC
290845001
Choice $2000 Repunched Date, Type 2 Large Star, Near-Gem Original, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Swirling Cartwheels. A beautiful Gold CAC approved 1854 Type 2 trime with added appeal as the sole die variety for that date. Close inspection of the GFRC images will reveal the extra bottom loop of a 5 digit between the final 85 date punch. The obverse die is also heavily cracked with a bold crack from A(M)ERICA to the star. Listed as the FS-301 repunched date on PCGS CoinFacts with price guide of $1450 (MS63) and $2650 (MS64). This 3 cent silver piece features brilliant frosty luster and swirling cartwheels along with a thin chrome colored patina on the obverse and steely blues on the reverse. Overall eye appeal is beyond the assigned MS63 grade level and worthy of its Gold CAC bean. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder with brown label and barcode. The FS-301 designation is not listed on the NGC label. Fairly priced given the die variety and CAC designation.
3Cent Silver  1854 1854
AU58 PCGS
26954494
Original HOLD
$285
New November 2! Type 2, Large Star, Original Frosty Luster, Heavily Clashed, Twin Lakes Collection. 1854 brought a design change for 3 cent silver coinage. The obverse star increased in size including the additional of three outlined borders. This survivor has been well preserved with unabraded surfaces and mark-free rims. Under a light source, a lovely frosty glow emerges. Both sides were struck from heavily clashed dies. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder. Last sold Heritage Auction April 2013 for $341. From the Twin Lakes Collection.
3Cent Silver  1855 1855
AU58 PCGS
81389569
Original $600 Low Mintage Type 2 Design, Original Steely Gray Patina, Peripheral Ebony-Gold, Twin Lakes Collection. A limited mintage of 139,000 and subsequent losses during commerce leaves few choice 1955 3 cent silver pieces available for present day collectors. PCGS population report shows twenty-six graded at AU58 level. The Twin Lakes collection consignor arrives to the scene with a PCGS AU58 duplicate. GFRC images are inadequate with illustrating the strictly original surfaces that are toned a light frost gray along with speckled burnt gold at the rims. A careful 10x loupe inspection revealed complete rim integrity on both sides. 3 cent silver rims typically come with some amount of nicks or cuts due to being so thin and easily damage. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
3Cent Silver  1856 1856
AU58
PCGS
38825787
Choice HOLD
$285
New November 2! Type 2, Large Star, Intense Frosty Luster, Choice Surfaces, Typical Strike, Twin Lakes Collection. This lovely 1856 3 cent silver piece brought a "wow moment" when first placed under a bright light. The brilliant frosty luster is most intense and pleasing. Surfaces are well preserved with perfect rims. Strike is weak at the stars and legend, which is typical for the date. A strong AU58 example that was worthy of a CAC green bean. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
3Cent Silver  1861 1861
AU58
PCGS
20784467
Choice $260 New November 2! Type 3, Large Star, Steely Luster, Rose-Gray Patina, Choice Original, Twin Lakes Collection. An impressive 1861 Type 3 specimen with the double border outline on obverse star. Very well preserved with steely fields and thick rose-gray patina that mutes a fraction of the reflective luster. Bright light viewing brings about same appearance as on heavily toned silver proof coinage. Surfaces are unabraded. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
3Cent Silver  1861/58 1861/58
Contemporary Counterfeit
VF25 raw
Choice $200 Contemporary Counterfeit, 1861/58 Overdate, German Silver, Hand Cut Dies, Coney Collection. The only known overdate in the 3 cent silver contemporary counterfeit exumonia area. Probably created by an amateur counterfeiter with limited skills given the crude engravings. Populat and currently in demand. Weight is 0.6 grams with normal coin turn die alignment. A special offering from the Coney Collection.
3Cent Silver  1864 1864
MS63
NGC
197682003
Choice HOLD
$1750
Key Civil War Date, Mirrored Fields, Deep Aquamarine-Gray Patina, Heavily Clashed. The 1864 Type 3 date sports a low mintage of 12,000 pieces. Carefully preserved survivors are occasionally seen on the market and are quickly absorbed due to well established rarity. This example will pleased the most selective collector with its mirrored fields and deep aquamarine-gray coloring. Bright light inspection exposes center blues and peripheral gold over the reflective surfaces. Both sides are fully struck and heavily clashed. Housed in barcode-less NGC Fatty holder with CAC approval. Fairly priced at CDN CAC guide given the quality and rarity.
3Cent Silver  1888 1888
AU58
PCGS
84902097
Choice $285 Late Date, Low Mintage, Near-Gem Original, Old Time Patina, Twin Lakes Collection. The 1888 3 Cent Nickel boasts a tiny mintage of 36,501 pieces as the denomination was in its final stage. Though the low mintage, many were saved and are priced at a "bargain" level. Enter this near-gem AU58 Twin Lakes offering. I love the choice surfaces and pewter colored luster. So did CAC as this piece managed to end up in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. Fairly priced and desirable.
Three Cent Nickels
3Cent Nickel  1876 1876
AU58 PCGS
26288554
Original $230 New November 2! Scarce Date, Bold Strike, Unabraded Surfaces, Twin Lakes Collection. Production of the 3 cent nickel denomination began to wane in the mid 1870s. By 1876, mintage set a new series low at 162,000 struck. Survivors are scarce with a combination of low PCGS certified populations and few auction records. The PCGS Price Guide for this date is irrelevant at the AU grades. Auctions records are consistently much higher than the guide. This 1876 offering, from the Twin Lakes Collection, is near choice with bold strike and unabraded surfaces. Both sides feature partial wire rims. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder.