Three Cents

United States three cent coins were a series of coins minted by the United States Mint from 1851 to 1889. These coins were unique in design and denomination compared to other circulating coins of their time.

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Mint Mark

Mint Mark

Coin Grade

Coin Grade
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Numerical Grade
Adjectival Description
About Good: Design details are flat and appear in outline. Portions of the rim are lost to wear.
4, 6
Good: Design details are flat and visible in outline. Some portions of the design may be faint.
8, 10
Very Good: Heavy wear flattens design elements, although major features are clearly outlined.
12, 15
Fine: Moderate wear on many elements with heavy wear on high points. Major design elements remain visible.
20, 25, 30, 35
Very Fine: Major details of the coin are clear although wear is evident; the high points show moderate wear.
40, 45
Extremely Fine: Design features are well defined, although light wear is evident throughout.
50, 53, 55, 58
About Uncirculated: Traces of light wear are evident on the high points of the coin's design.
Mint State: A coin that shows no wear or evidence of circulation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the value of a United States three cent coin?
The value of a United States three cent coin can vary widely depending on factors such as its condition, rarity, and demand from collectors. The Silver Three Cent coins from 1851 to 1873, being made of silver, typically have a higher intrinsic value based on the current price of silver. However, collectible value can fluctuate significantly. The Nickel Three Cent coins from 1865 to 1889, while less valuable in terms of metal content, can still have worth based on their condition and rarity. It is advisable to consult reputable coin catalogs, coin dealers, or online marketplaces to assess the current value of specific three cent coins.
How can I determine the authenticity of a three cent coin?
Authenticating a three cent coin involves careful examination and knowledge of the coin's characteristics. Some steps to determine authenticity include checking the weight, diameter, and composition of the coin to ensure they match the specifications for the particular type and year of the coin. Additionally, examining the design details for consistency with genuine examples, and looking for any signs of counterfeiting or alteration can help establish authenticity. It is recommended to consult reputable coin dealers, professional grading services, or numismatic experts who can provide further guidance and authentication services.
What are some rare and valuable three cent coins?
Within the United States three cent coin series, there are several rare and valuable coins. For the Silver Three Cent coins, the 1873-CC (Carson City Mint) issue is highly sought after and valuable, as it had a low mintage. The 1851 and 1852 issues are also considered rare and command higher prices. For the Nickel Three Cent coins, the 1865 "No Rays" variety, where the rays around the shield on the reverse were removed, is highly prized. The 1881 issue, with a mintage of only 3,575 coins, is also considered rare and valuable. It is recommended to consult coin catalogs, reference books, or seek advice from knowledgeable numismatists to identify specific rare and valuable three cent coins.
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