Three Cent Silver Mintages

The Three Cent Silver Pieces were produced from 1851 to 1873. The coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint for each year of issue, with production also taking place at the New Orleans Mint in 1851.

The mintage levels were generally higher for the initial years of the series, reaching a peak of 18,663,500 pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1852. During the final decade of the series, production levels dwindled into the low thousands. The lowest circulation strike mintage was a mere 1,000 pieces struck in 1872.

Proof versions of the coins were struck for collectors from 1858 to 1873. Mintage levels for these pieces varied from a low of approximately 200 pieces in 1858 to 1,000 pieces reached in 1860, 1861, and 1870. In 1873, the Mint did not produce coins for circulation but in proof format only.

Date Mintage
1851 5,447,400
1851-O 720,000
1852 18,663,500
1853 11,400,000
1854 671,000
1855 139,000
1856 1,458,000
1857 1,042,000
1858 1,603,700
1859 364,200
1860 286,000
1861 497,000
1862 343,000
1863 21,000
1864 12,000
1865 8,000
1866 22,000
1867 4,000
1868 3,500
1869 4,500
1870 3,000
1871 3,400
1872 1,000
1873 Proof Only