Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 862,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 3CN MS obverse 1872 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The three-cent piece was still a useful coin in 1872, as its mintage confirms. This status would last only until fractional silver coins began to creep back into circulation in 1875 and return in abundance during 1876-77. After that time its production plummeted.

This date is not truly rare, but Mint State survivors are in relatively short supply, with gems being very scarce. Most are better struck than the early dates (1865-67), but some shallowness may appear on the lower curls of Liberty's hair, the tip of her coronet and the centers of the columnar ones.

One by-product of a lower mintage is a greatly reduced instance of varieties. All that is known for 1872 is a single, quite minor repunched date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1872 3CN MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.10 19.20 24.00 30.00 42.00 42.00 67.20 70.80 79.20 92.40 120 145 192 250 350 1310 2410 - - - -
$ 47.00 75.00 79.00 89.00 103 134 165 215 285 430 1440 2600 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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8/31/2014 MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 819, 828/Lot# 39


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3/27/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0827, 827/Lot# 231 $141.70
5/13/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/13/2012, 22/Lot# 51177 $41.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1186/Lot# 3117 $1,997.50
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 52 $275.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30204 $195.05
11/15/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34031 $164.50
3/2/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28164 $66.00
5/25/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22121 $76.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437506712718324127833336642350257566316092401352556751353223582
1318284155871452022532963443854495266049781873277542418294168820
000000145202253296344385449526604978187327754241829400
00000016422126531435540447555063312932137315049581091300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 575
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 502
Owner: Michael C Jones
 
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