1851-O U.S. 3 Cent Silver Coin - 'Trime' - 1st Year Issued, Rare New Orleans Min
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Toughest Variety Of All Years/ First Year Of Issue For SeriesOnly Coin In Series With A Mint Mark - Rare New Orleans Mint This auction is for the coin pictured, an 1851-O United States silver 3 cent coin from the New Orleans Mint and the first year of issue for this tiniest of silver coins. The coin shows obvious wear, which is kind of unusual, because many of these thin, small coins were lost in floorboards or other cracks before they could be spent! The obverse has more detail, but also has the scratch that the camera picks up to a much greater extent than the eye when in hand. The last photo, while not the true color, is the closest to what the scratch looks like, and even that is more than appears when held. I took many pictures trying to capture as true as possible image of this coin, but the size limits the ability to get both details & color exact, so I posted several photos using different lighting & camera settings.
The coin has virtually no toning, most likely due to the metal composition of type-I coins, which was 75% silver and 25% copper. This was changed to 90% silver & 10% copper with the subsequent two varieties. Under a 10X loupe I found no obvious evidence of cleaning, but it is a very small coin - so the possibility exists that it may... read more