3-Cent Silver Value and Condition
Because a coin’s condition has such a significant effect on its value, you need to closely examine your 3-Cent piece. One easy way to get an idea of the coin’s condition is through a close visual inspection. Start this process by picking a specific detail to examine. For example, look at the shield on the coin’s obverse. If the shield is significantly eroded and is smooth to the touch, the coin may be in Good condition.
If the shield still looks fairly crisp but has some slight wear, the coin may potentially be assigned a grade of Fine. If the shield looks to be hot off the presses with no visual signs of wear, damage or discoloration, that coin could potentially be in Extremely Fine condition. Needless to say, all other details on the coin, such as any text or other imagery, should be in similar condition.