Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 228,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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Description & Analysis

1875 was the year that witnessed the return of fractional silver coins to circulation, as their value finally equalized with that of paper money. This nearly destroyed the demand for three-cent pieces, and this date's mintage reflects the changing of the guard.

While examples of the 1875 three-cent piece are quite scarce in the higher circulated grades, both the number and quality of Mint State survivors are higher than one would expect. This is entirely unexplained.

Only one variety is known, but it's a good one: the flag of a duplicate numeral 1 is seen projecting from Liberty's neck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1875 3CN MS
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Base $ 17.25 21.60 25.20 32.40 50.40 50.40 78.00 87.60 108 132 168 180 225 300 475 850 1700 11020 - - -
$ 56.00 87.00 98.00 121 148 188 202 260 360 585 975 2050 11900 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 233
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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4/7/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Bullet Sale #257, 257/Lot# 214 $212.75
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 214 $632.50
8/13/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 516 $1,840.00
3/24/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 357 $1,035.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10373 $243.80
2/20/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3228, 3228/Lot# 1176 $21.00
6/2/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 119278 $36.00
3/23/2014 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 732 $800.00
5/11/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192103 $101.20


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