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Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873)

This smallest of United States silver coins, called the trime by the Treasury Department, was authorized by Congress March 3, 1851. The first three-cent silver pieces had no lines bordering the six-pointed star. From 1854 through 1858 there were two lines, while issues of the final 15 years show only one line. Issues from 1854 through 1873 have an olive sprig over the III and a bundle of three arrows beneath. Nearly the entire production of non-Proof coins from 1863 to 1872 was melted in 1873.

Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873)
1851 - 1853 | 1854 - 1858 | 1859 - 1873

Variety 1 (1851 - 1853)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1851 - 1853
    Designer: James B. Longacre
    Weight: 0.800 grams
    Diameter:14 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.7500 silver, 0.2500 copper
    Edge: plain

Variety 2 (1854 - 1858)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1854 - 1858
    Designer: James B. Longacre
    Weight: 0.750 grams
    Diameter:14 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: plain

Variety 3 (1859 - 1873)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1859 - 1873
    Designer: James B. Longacre
    Weight: 0.750 grams
    Diameter:14 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: plain
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • G-4 Good. Good.
  • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
  • F-12 Fine. Fine.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
  • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
  • 1851
  • 5,447,400
    • 1852
    • 18,663,500
      • 1853
      • 11,400,000
        • Description
        • Mintage
        • G-4 Good. Good.
        • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
        • F-12 Fine. Fine.
        • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
        • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
        • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
        • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
        • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
        • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
        • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
        • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
        • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
        • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
        • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
        • PF-65CAM Proof. Proof.
        • 1854
        • 671,000
          • 1855

            1855

            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1855
            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1855
          • 139,000
          • 40
          • 1856

            1856

            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1856
            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1856
          • 1,458,000
          • 40
          • 1857

            1857

            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1857
            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1857
          • 1,042,000
          • 40
          • 1858

            1858

            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1858
            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1858
          • 1,603,700
          • 40
          • Description
          • Mintage
          • G-4 Good. Good.
          • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
          • F-12 Fine. Fine.
          • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
          • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
          • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
          • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
          • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
          • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
          • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
          • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
          • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
          • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
          • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
          • PF-65CAM Proof. Proof.
          • 1859

            1859

            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1859
            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1859
          • 364,200
          • 40
          • 1860

            1860

            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1860
            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1860
          • 286,000
          • 40
          • 1861

            1861

            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1861
            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1861
          • 497,000
          • 40
          • 1862
          • 343,000
            • 1863

              1863

              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1863
              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1863
            • 21,000
            • 300
            • 1863, Proof
            • 460
              • 1864

                1864

                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1864
                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1864
              • 12,000
              • 300
              • 1865

                1865

                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1865
                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1865
              • 8,000
              • 325
              • 1866

                1866

                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1866
                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1866
              • 22,000
              • 300
              • 1867

                1867

                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1867
                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1867
              • 4,000
              • 325
              • 1869

                1869

                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1869
                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1869
              • 4,500
              • 425
              • 1869, Proof
              • 600
                • 1870

                  1870

                  Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1870
                  Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1870
                • 3,000
                • 425
                • 1871

                  1871

                  Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1871
                  Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1871
                • 3,400
                • 425
                • 1872

                  1872

                  Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1872
                  Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1872
                • 1,000
                • 450
                • Description
                • Mintage
                • G-4
                • VG-8
                • F-12
                • VF-20
                • EF-40
                • AU-50
                • MS-60
                • MS-63
                • MS-64
                • MS-65
                • MS-66
                • PF-63
                • PF-64
                • PF-65
                • PF-65CAM
                • 1851
                • 5,447,400
                  • 1852
                  • 18,663,500
                    • 1853
                    • 11,400,000
                      • 1854
                      • 671,000
                        • 1855

                          1855

                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1855
                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1855
                        • 139,000
                        • 40
                        • 1856

                          1856

                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1856
                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1856
                        • 1,458,000
                        • 40
                        • 1857

                          1857

                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1857
                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1857
                        • 1,042,000
                        • 40
                        • 1858

                          1858

                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1858
                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1858
                        • 1,603,700
                        • 40
                        • 1859

                          1859

                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1859
                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1859
                        • 364,200
                        • 40
                        • 1860

                          1860

                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1860
                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1860
                        • 286,000
                        • 40
                        • 1861

                          1861

                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1861
                          Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1861
                        • 497,000
                        • 40
                        • 1862
                        • 343,000
                          • 1863

                            1863

                            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1863
                            Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1863
                          • 21,000
                          • 300
                          • 1863, Proof
                          • 460
                            • 1864

                              1864

                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1864
                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1864
                            • 12,000
                            • 300
                            • 1865

                              1865

                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1865
                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1865
                            • 8,000
                            • 325
                            • 1866

                              1866

                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1866
                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1866
                            • 22,000
                            • 300
                            • 1867

                              1867

                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1867
                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1867
                            • 4,000
                            • 325
                            • 1869

                              1869

                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1869
                              Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1869
                            • 4,500
                            • 425
                            • 1869, Proof
                            • 600
                              • 1870

                                1870

                                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1870
                                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1870
                              • 3,000
                              • 425
                              • 1871

                                1871

                                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1871
                                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1871
                              • 3,400
                              • 425
                              • 1872

                                1872

                                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1872
                                Three-Cent Pieces Silver Three-Cent Pieces (Trimes) (1851 - 1873) 1872
                              • 1,000
                              • 450
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