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Three Cent Silver Value 1851-73

Three Cents Silver Value
BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) 3 Cent Silver

Three Cent Silver Value Facts:

Mint state (MS) and key date listed Three Cent Silver values is for graded, certified and authenticated coins in PCGS or NGC holders. The rest are a sample of raw coin sell but this is not a guarantee your coin with the same date, mint, grade and holder will sell for this exact value.

Date/Mint
Mintage
G4
F12
VF35
EF45
AU55
MS63
MS65
PR63
1 Outline Of Star
1851
5,447,400
$20
$50
$60
$70
$140
$260
$670
1851-O
720,000
$30
$60
$100
$155
$375
$665
$3020
1852
18,663,500
$15
$30
$40
$60
$120
$260
$670
1853
11,400,000
$15
$40
$50
$70
$180
$250
$750
3 Outlines Of Star
1854
671,000
$25
$40
$50
$70
$230
$565
$2040
$11256
1855
139,000
$40
$65
$126
$146
$340
$930
$5820
$3264
1856
1,458,000
$25
$55
$65
$100
$200
$507
$2790
$3760
1857
1,042,000
$26
$55
$70
$125
$180
$590
$2560
$2860
1858
1,604,000
$24
$50
$70
$90
$200
$670
$2130
$1770
2 Outlines Of Star
1859
365,000
$25
$55
$70
$90
$160
$350
$790
$400
1860
286,000
$25
$50
$60
$90
$140
$340
$1295
$550
1861
497,000
$24
$45
$60
$100
$150
$280
$1000
$575
1862
343,000
$26
$46
$60
$110
$170
$290
$750
$445
1862/1
Inc. above
$27
$55
$80
$114
$330
$395
$1020
1863
21,000
$300
$400
$440
$490
$760
$980
$1955
$790
1863/2 Proof only
Inc. above
$3030
1864
12,000
$290
$390
$420
$520
$700
$1025
$1570
$870
1865
8,000
$320
$490
$525
$560
$810
$1390
$1600
$830
1866
22,000
$450
$480
$580
$875
$980
$1750
$500
1867
4,000
$460
$500
$620
$720
$1700
$3300
$625
1868
3,500
$255
$470
$500
$550
$575
$2530
$8740
$754
1869
4,500
$420
$480
$524
$715
$920
$1200
$3925
$750
1869/8 Proof only
Inc. above
$1940
1870
3,000
$430
$470
$530
$640
$820
$1040
$3950
$640
1871
3,400
$425
$470
$530
$600
$720
$840
$1580
$690
1872
1,000
$476
$550
$680
$1121
$2760
$4230
$750
1873 Closed 3 PR only
0
$1696

Date – Mint Rarity:

The common date Three Cent Silver value starts at around $25 and key date values begin near $300-$400, but these values are not based on coins that are bent, scratched, cleaned, holed or any other form if damage.

Type I (Small Star):

This series has only one date with a mint mark and that’s a 1851-O (New Orleans Mint) and it’s worth a little more than the rest of the Type 1 dates, but not substantially until EF40 (Extra Fine). In that grade it’s more than double the value of other Type 1 dates that have values close to $200 versus near $85 for the other dates in the EF40 grade.

Type II (Large Star, 3 Outlines):

The 1855 is a better date among this type but not substantially until EF40 and then it’s worth near $225 versus the other dates at $145 in the same grade.

Type III (Large Star, 2 Outlines):

The dates 1863 through 1872 are the better dates but 1859 through 1862 dates are worth around $20 in G4 (Good); the key dates are, and they’re listed here from greatest value to least: 1872, 1870, 1871, 1869, 1868, 1867, 1866, 1865, 1864, 1863 and most of these are extremely close in value starting at $400 in the lowest grades.

Grade – Condition:

It’s extremely difficult to find problem free Three Cent Silver pieces since they’re so small and were often damaged or improperly stored. So the value for MS60 (Mint State) coins jumps dramatically, in example, the 1865 is worth $600 in EF40 (Extremely Fine) but jumps to $1,000 in MS60, and they’re worth thousands in the higher MS grades like MS65.

Three Cent Silver Value
Three Cent Silver VG (Very Good) Grade

Varieties:

Look look for Repunched Date (RPD) for 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, then look for Doubled Die Obverse (DDO) for 1852 and an Over Date (OVD)  for 1862. All these varieties will be worth more based on their grade and condition.

Specifications:
Designer: James Barton Longacre
Diameter: 14.3 millimeters
Metal content: Silver – 75%, Copper – 25%
Weight: 12.4 grains (0.8 grams)
Edge: Plain

Three Cent Silver Value By Date/Mint Mark

1851 Three Cent Silver
1851-O Three Cent Silver
1852 Three Cent Silver
1853 Three Cent Silver
1854 Three Cent Silver
1855 Three Cent Silver
1856 Three Cent Silver
1857 Three Cent Silver
1858 Three Cent Silver
1859 Three Cent Silver
1860 Three Cent Silver
1861 Three Cent Silver
1862 Three Cent Silver
1862/1 Three Cent Silver
1863 Three Cent Silver
1864 Three Cent Silver
1865 Three Cent Silver
1866 Three Cent Silver
1867 Three Cent Silver
1868 Three Cent Silver
1869 Three Cent Silver
1869/8 Proof Three Cent Silver
1870 Three Cent Silver
1871 Three Cent Silver
1872 Three Cent Silver
1873 Three Cent Silver
1873 Closed 3 Proof Three Cent Silver

Three Cent Nickel Value 1865-89

Three Cent Nickel value
MS Three Cent Nickel Value

Three Cent Nickel Value

Mint state (MS) and key date listed Three Cent Nickel values is for graded, certified and authenticated coins in PCGS or NGC holders. The rest are a sample of raw coin sell but this is not a guarantee your coin with the same date, mint, grade and holder will sell for this exact value.

Date/Mint
Mintage
G4
F12
VF35
EF45
AU55
MS63
MS65
PR63
1865
11,382,000
$10
$15
$20
$30
$70
$170
$450
$1495
1866
4,801,000
$10
$15
$20
$40
$60
$140
$490
$360
1867
3,915,000
$10
$15
$20
$40
$70
$146
$500
$395
1868
3,252,000
$10
$15
$20
$40
$60
$140
$495
$360
1869
1,604,000
$15
$20
$33
$49
$71
$172
$603
$350
1870
1,335,000
$15
$20
$30
$50
$90
$180
$580
$300
1871
604,000
$18
$25
$30
$55
$90
$190
$820
$350
1872
862,000
$16
$25
$30
$50
$70
$200
$980
$260
1873 Closed 3
1,173,000
$16
$20
$25
$40
$80
$300
$1020
$330
1873 Open 3
Inc. above
$16
$26
$35
$45
$75
$300
$4170
1874
790,000
$17
$25
$35
$50
$90
$190
$1070
$300
1875
228,000
$20
$30
$50
$60
$120
$265
$720
$290
1876
162,000
$20
$30
$45
$60
$80
$290
$1750
$300
1877 Proof
Proof Only
$2200
1878 Proof
Proof Only
$630
1879
38,000
$54
$80
$95
$130
$200
$350
$810
$300
1880
21,000
$60
$80
$125
$140
$190
$385
$740
$330
1881
1,077,000
$10
$25
$25
$30
$65
$145
$560
$290
1882
22,200
$115
$150
$185
$250
$350
$690
$1570
$350
1883
4,000
$180
$245
$330
$480
$1005
$2530
$6670
$370
1884
1,700
$360
$440
$620
$740
$1060
$3740
$5490
$340
1885
1,000
$400
$560
$650
$820
$1025
$1358
$15170
$400
1886 Proof only
Proof Only
$420
1887/6 Proof
Proof Only
$460
1887
5,000
$260
$386
$425
$480
$520
$590
$955
$375
1888
36,500
$50
$75
$80
$90
$150
$300
$635
$290
1889
18,125
$75
$120
$140
$165
$220
$320
$650
$270

Three Cent Nickel Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

You can still buy common date Three Cent Nickels in lower grades and damaged condition for less than $10 but problem free and higher grades can fetch $15 to $200. Key dates sell for much more and this will depend on the survival rate and mintage of each date. The 1885 is the key date of this series and it’s value begins at $450, if problem free, and with a whole date. The other key or semi-key dates can fetch from $125 to $400 in the lower grades.

Grade – Condition:

G4 (Good) is a common grade for Three Cent Nickels and so is damaged coins, so it’s important to realize that coins selling for less than book value might have a problem – even if they have nice details.

In G4 and AG3 (About Good) the common date Three Cent Nickels can sell for $5 to $10 each and key to semi-key dates can sell for $100 to $450 in the same grades (depending on the date). In AU (About Uncirculated) grades are all worth at least $90 and up for lower mintage dates. The 1885 in AU is worth around $1,400 and the 1870 is worth $90, as an example.

In MS (Mint State) these Three Cent Nickels are worth $200 and up and that will depend on the grade, for example, MS60 is the lowest uncirculated grade and MS63 is worth more and MS64 is worth more than MS63, so on and so forth.

Gem quality  or coins that grade MS65 and up are going to realize $500 and up to $15,000 for the 1885, but these are valuable because they’re hard to find.

You also have proof only dates and those are 1877 and 1886 and they’re worth $500 and up and all dates have a proof version and they’re worth $300 and up.

Three Cent Nickel Value G4
G4 Three Cent Nickel

Varieties:

Look for Doubled Die for obverse and reverse (DDO or DDR), Repunched Dates (RPD)  and other anomalies since most will add some premium value, but die clashes are common and doesn’t add much value.

Specifications:
Designer: James Barton Longacre
Diameter: 17.9 millimeters
Metal content: Nickel – 25%, Copper – 75%
Weight: 30 grains (1.9 grams)
Edge: Plain
Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at the Philadelphia, PA Mint)

Three Cent Value By Date/Mint:

1865
1866
1867
1868
1869
1870
1871
1872
1873 Closed 3
1873 Open 3
1874
1875
1876
1877 Proof
1878 Proof
1879
1880
1881
1882
1883
1884
1885
1886 Proof
1887/6 Proof
1887
1888
1889