This is a bright and fully original with an excellent strike. It also appears that this coin was struck with slightly rusted dies as there is a pronounced grainy effect in the fields! Ex Gil Clark Type Collection.
Ron Guth: The 1853 Three-Cents Silver has the second highest mintage of the series, thus collectors will have no difficulty in locating a nice example. Even Mint State examples are common, with the largest population of coins clustering at the MS-63 and MS-64 grades. Gems are slightly scarcer, but Superb examples become very rare (the December 2011 Population Report shows five MS-67s, and none finer).
High grade examples of this date show a rich, frosty luster. To my knowledge, no examples exist without some weakness on either some of the stars, the shield, or the outer border.
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