Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,955
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94 grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1880 3CN PF obverse 1880 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Sales of proof coins spiked in 1880, and this had several possible causes. The rarity of this date as a currency strike may have compelled collectors to order proofs who did not normally do so. Also, there was a greater interest in proof coins across all denominations due to the proof-only status of the trade dollar. Finally, it should not be overlooked that the coin collecting hobby in general underwent a growth spurt from the late 1870s through the late 1880s.

This date is plentiful in the proof edition only, though coins having cameo contrast are relatively scarce. The example illustrated features nice frosting on its legends and devices, but the ribbon tails have been partially effaced through overpolishing of the reverse die.

Obvious repunching of the second 8 is seen on some proofs, but the market for proof varieties is extremely thin.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1880 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 282 300 324 390 425 575 790 1300 5880 - -
$ - - - - - 310 330 360 435 470 630 870 1430 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 937
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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7/15/2014 PF 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131428/Lot# 24376


Auction Prices Realized

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8/6/2003 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore Bullet Sale #327, 327/Lot# 678 $471.50
7/27/2005 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5504 $1,092.50
1/28/2007 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2319, 2319/Lot# 1119 $448.00
7/31/2009 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 228 $977.50
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1064 $661.25
9/25/2013 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1266 $603.75
2/23/2014 NGC PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 144821 $937.20
3/16/2014 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 36 $800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13517923430138147953759363366169972572772973576410051326187632661011018106
1491972563274134985556066426737077257277317448441112150923395547127750
000000555606642673707725727731744844111215092339554700
000000574619651686716726728733754924121916922802782800
1880 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20126233342052264471778583787091894995395496299712901674232339341263722599
22128536245456266873980284888692895095395697310941418189028606835159570
0000007398028488869289509539569731094141818902860683500
0000007628198599029389519539599851192154621063397973600
1880 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base314398497615752911100510941159120212621303130613091319136317302205299449141645129372
34243153666080594210341115117312221275130413071312133314851888246836348759207580
0000001034111511731222127513041307131213331485188824683634875900
00000010641137118712421289130513081315134816072046273142741260500
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Grade: PF 65 CAMEO
Points: 1290
Owner: ronjuan18
 
Grade: PF 63
Points: 735
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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