Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 162,000
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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1876 3CN MS obverse 1876 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The coining of three-cent pieces dropped rapidly during 1876, as the falling price of silver as measured against paper money led to fractional silver coins returning to circulation by the millions. The three-cent piece was never again an important component of the nation's currency.

This issue is scarce in the higher circulated grades and all Mint State grades. Gems are genuinely rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1876 3CN MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.40 22.80 27.60 36.00 49.20 49.20 93.60 99.60 110 144 186 216 258 340 720 1575 4910 - - - -
$ 55.00 105 112 124 161 208 240 280 410 875 2550 5300 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 111
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/7/1998 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 6103 $1,667.50
6/9/1999 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1173, 1173/Lot# 1187 $392.40
2/3/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24022, 24022/Lot# 13134 $6,900.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 815 $1,207.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1785 $1,150.00
1/13/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 94535 $227.70
3/10/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131312/Lot# 26035 $412.43
5/18/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10025 $1,499.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202841598111919827233938143947750255158694120292754398463241536426596
223247669314522229435340045148551856270413032270316447649337191080
0000002222943534004514855185627041303227031644764933700
00000024731636741946449353457482216662512357455441235000
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2029
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 551
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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