Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 900
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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1877 3CN PF obverse 1877 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only proofs were coined of this denomination in 1877, but the problem is that no one really knows how many were minted and how many of those actually sold. Figures of either 510 or 900 have been published, but these are incomplete reconstructions. It was not until the following year the Mint finally began recording sales of minor proof sets as part of the total mintage.

While this date is no more rare than others of the 1870s, its status as a proof-only issue makes it essential to the completion of a date series. The market values reflect this far greater demand.

Walter Breen listed an 1877/6 overdate, but what passes for a 6 does not match up exactly to the 1876 logotype. More likely is that this is a repunched 1877, with the only real repunching visible being at numerals 18.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1877 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 1240 1240 1290 1320 1440 1530 1620 1770 1980 2470 3190 4160 4690 6860 - - -
$ 1360 1420 1450 1580 1680 1780 1950 2180 2720 3400 4500 5100 7400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 464
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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7/15/1998 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1067, 1067/Lot# 1146 $1,512.00
2/24/2003 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 215 $2,070.00
2/23/2005 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 5746 $5,700.00
4/16/2008 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 327 $4,030.75
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1224 $4,700.00
4/24/2013 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1413 $1,997.50
1/8/2014 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3735 $2,115.00
3/30/2014 PCGS PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 33 $4,300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4235276507939581146125813631441149015631609163416731707179923022894385457062069636928
45756869784810201183129313891457151415781617164716841737196624993214447110702261060
00000012931389145715141578161716471684173719662499321444711070200
00000013281415147315381593162516601695176821342696353450881569900
1877 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base575705856103112331460159517191811187019542009203920852124223328213506460867072492944433
618755914109813081505163617491830189819722019205420982160242930493873530712781314300
00000016361749183018981972201920542098216024293049387353071278100
00000016771780185019261990202920692111219626253277424060071885500
1877 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8209901185140616571941210722592372244525482614265027062754288535924408570674923036053999
87610551258148917511996215722962396247925702626266827222797312038644840630115114382390
00000021572296239624792570262626682722279731203864484063011511400
00000022082334242025132592263826872738284133564136527368962273700
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 3506
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 1799
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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