Magnificent 1853 Three-Cent Silver Featured in our June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction

Measuring just 14 mm in diameter, the silver three-cent
piece is the smallest silver type ever issued by the U.S. Mint in both size and
denomination. Across all U.S. coinage, only the Type I gold dollar is more minuscule
at 13 mm. As such, the silver-three cent piece is perhaps one of the more
underappreciated series in the Red Book, even though it offers a rich
depth of conditional rarity and challenging varieties.  Upon introduction in 1851, the new silver
three-cent pieces, or trimes, circulated widely, primarily used for postage
stamps as was intended. Soon, however, the coin’s small size caused them to be
frequently damaged or lost. The denomination gradually lost utility and
popularity, sending mintages plunging from a peak of 18.6 million in 1852 to a
low of just 1,000 coins in 1872.

We are thrilled to offer an incredible MS-67+
1853 three-cent piece in our June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction. Not only
is it tied with the very finest seen by PCGS for the date, but it also displays
a psychedelic patina that is rarely encountered on 19th century
silver coins. The obverse of the Superb Gem features tight bands of
emerald-green, magenta, and gold that grow deeper toward the border. The
reverse shows faint champagne and powder-blue toning at the center and intense
bands of color that highlight the stars at the border. Visually stunning and
technically pristine, with approval by CAC that emphasizes the superior

This magnificent MS-67+ (PCGS) CAC trime can be found in lot
of our June 2021 Showcase Auction, hosted at the state-of-the-art
auction gallery in our new Costa Mesa, California headquarters. The June sale
arrives on the heels of our record-setting auctions in March and April that saw
combined prices realized above $60 million. With seven lots from these events
exceeding $1 million, the numismatic market clearly remains strong heading into
the summer auction season. The June auction is now available for viewing and
bidding on our website
For questions about the auction or to order a copy of the printed catalog,
please contact our Auction Services team by telephone at 800-566-2580 or by
email at​​

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