Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,150
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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1876 3CN PF obverse 1876 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

For tourists attending the Independence Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, this often included numerous side trips. Among these was almost always a tour of the U. S. Mint, where many persons purchased proof sets to mark the historic 1876 date. This accounts for the spike in sales of silver proof sets to more than a thousand.

This issue is relatively common, with only those from the 1880s being more plentiful. As may be seen from the example illustrated, some of these proofs are of outstanding quality and display excellent contrast between brilliant fields and frosted devices.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1876 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 180 192 234 282 375 475 840 1220 - - - -
$ - - - - 202 215 260 310 410 520 920 1340 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 373
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8591


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5/6/1996 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0838, 838/Lot# 254 $1,080.00
2/27/2003 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 5579 $355.35
2/11/2007 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1091 $460.00
9/21/2009 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7112 $759.00
10/17/2012 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1056 $776.25
8/8/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7309 $822.50
11/10/2013 PCGS PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148611 $189.76
12/5/2013 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1192/Lot# 3201 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base678912316321227231134837539241843751563171583814771907262143711326124026
7410013617923228532335738040042446355365975610511620214532047334168490
0000003233573804004244635536597561051162021453204733400
00000033536638640943048959268779712641763238337871029700
1876 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102135183234301384431479515537570593690835938108818542360319151971633429535
11315120025632839944749152254857762573886998813432022263738598909207340
0000004474915225485776257388699881343202226373859890900
000000463503529559585657786903103815982191291445281262100
1876 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17122328536345656563169574177281584497111561288147724253039403458482033836660
188243311394492587652710751786824886103212001351179326293370463810678257780
00000065271075178682488610321200135117932629337046381067800
00000067372576180083492810941244141421092834370252431550800
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Grade: PF 66 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3039
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
Grade: PF 65 CAMEO
Points: 1854
Owner: Aurora Borealis Collection
 
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