Small Denomination Coinage – Open Registry

3 Cent Silvers, Major Varieties, Business Strikes

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The Three Cent Silver open registry, as explained on the main registry page, is an opportunity to showcase both certified and uncertified circulated (and uncirculated) dimes. The purpose of the registry is simply for enjoyment and to promote the awareness of small denomination coinage.

The Three Cent Silver was first issued in 1851 and ended in 1873. During that time, there was only one issue outside of Philadelphia, the first year from New Orleans (1851-O) and one year proof only issue, (1873). Significant mintage reductions and the reported melting of business strikes between the dates 1863-1872 make this a very difficult set to complete. Collecting this series has been my numismatist passion for the last 5 years. The dates 1851-1862 were easily obtainable as one would expect as all dates and grades are readily available thru dealers on the internet or at most larger coin shows. It has been my experience that the 1855 and 1857 can be challenging in nicer collectable grades. As for the dates 1863-1872, these mostly appear in mint state conditions and proof and are rarely available in grades lower. A major dealer on the East Coast started me in this direction by selling me his duplicates which included the very rare 1872 thus enabling a realistically opportunity to complete the Three Cent Silver set. Finally, just this year, June 2014, I was able to purchase the final business strike I needed to complete my set thanks to GFRC who directed me to the coin, the 1863 in which I bought as a raw piece and then submitted to PCGS and it returned AU53 to my joy.

Terry Hess, July 23, 2014

The 3 Cent Silver, Major Varieties, Business Strike set input form can be downloaded at the following link; Submitting a set is as easy as opening this link, adding your coins and descriptions and submitting to Gerry Fortin via email at Click here for Microsoft Excel Form; you can use the input form as a tracking method for contents of your collection.  Participants are encourage to provide links to online image posting website like

Please email your completed form to and I will do my best to quickly post your set or recent updates!


3 Cent Silvers, Major Varieties, Business Strikes

Excel Submission Form


% Completion

 Weighted Grade




The Terry Hess Collection




June 10, 2015
The John Okerson Collection




July 26, 2014







% Completion: Number of coin entries divided by total entries requirement to complete a set; for Major Varieties, Business Strikes Set, then 27 entries are required for a 100% completion.

Set Weighted Grade: The grade of each coin is multiplied by the "rarity factor", then summed and divided by the total of the "rarity factors" for those coin entries in the set.

Set Rating: The grade of each coin is mutiplied by the "rarity factor", then summed and divided by the total of all "rarity factors" for a completed set.

%: The ratio of coins certified by CAC whether green or gold sticker. The calculate is total number of CAC coins divided by number of entered coins in the respective set.

Rarity Factor: The rarity assessment for each date or variety is based on availability uses the Sheldon scale of R1 through R8 with a R1 weight being the most common while an R8 weight being the most difficult to locate. Rarity estimates are by Terry Hess.


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