Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,700
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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1884 3CN MS obverse 1884 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of currency pieces again fell drastically from the previous year, and 1884 three-cent pieces are rare in all grades. Mint State survivors are exceedingly rare, but the greater availability of proofs has limited both demand and prices for these tough coins.

The typical 1884 is sharply struck from fresh dies and looks more like a poorly-made proof than a true currency strike. Historically, there has been a great deal of mis-attribution between the two editions.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1884 3CN MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 360 386 438 570 690 690 780 870 930 1110 1230 1650 1860 2660 4380 15940 22750 30550 - - -
$ 760 860 960 1020 1220 1350 1820 2050 2900 4700 17200 24600 33000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/18/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 40901 $1,980.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5214 $4,700.00
1/14/2013 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3413, 3413/Lot# 1334 $1,350.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 93   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 69 $575.00
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3723 $4,700.00
8/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3207 $1,762.50
9/4/2014 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3775 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4065076277649259419589741013103910781103116612711393196935454431526481062122135272
4395476728179309469639871021105210861124120113111585249438404708621112477259040
000000963987102110521086112412011311158524943840470862111247700
0000009681000103010651094114512361352177730194135498671581684900
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