Lot Number:14
Start Time:4/30/2024 4:00:00 AM
End Time:5/19/2024 10:07:30 PM
Bid Count:16
Winning Bidder:R****d
Starting Bid:$1.00
Bid Increment:$2.50
Current Bid:$35.00
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The silver 3 cent piece, also known as the trime, was a small silver coin minted by the United States Mint from 1851 to 1873. Here's a breakdown of its key characteristics and history:


  • Obverse (front): Featured various designs throughout its minting period, including portraits of Liberty and depictions of seated figures representing Liberty.
  • Reverse (back): Displayed a Roman numeral "III" for the denomination (3) encircled by a wreath, along with the year of minting.

History (1851-1873):

  • Introduced in 1851 to address the need for a coin to pay the lowered postage rate of 3 cents.
  • Minted from silver (75% silver, 25% copper) to deter melting the coins for their silver content, a problem with other denominations at the time.
  • Due to their small size and unpopularity, mintage quantities varied considerably, with some years having much lower production than others.
  • Production ceased in 1873 with the Coinage Act, which replaced the trime with a nickel 3-cent piece (also short-lived).

Popularity Among Collectors:

  • Despite the circulation challenges, the trime's unique design and historical significance make it a desirable collectible for coin enthusiasts.


The value of a silver 3 cent piece depends on several factors:

  • Condition: A well-preserved coin (higher grade) will be worth more than a worn one.
  • Year of Issue: Some years, particularly those with lower mintage numbers, are scarcer and therefore more valuable.
  • Rarity: Certain varieties within specific years (e.g., die errors) can be especially valuable.

Here's a general range for common circulated silver 3 cent pieces:

  • $20 to $40: This range applies to many circulated trimes, though the specific price can vary depending on the year and condition.

Uncirculated specimens, especially from the earlier years or with rare varieties, can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.


  • If you have a silver 3 cent piece, research its specific details (year, mintmark, condition) to determine its potential value.
  • Online resources and coin collecting communities can provide valuable information.
  • Consulting a professional coin dealer for an appraisal is recommended for a more accurate assessment of your trime's worth.
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