Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
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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1870 3CN PF obverse 1870 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The numismatic hobby enjoyed a growth spurt during the 1870s-80s, and this may explain in part the greater number of silver proof sets sold in 1870. Mint records, however, are always subject to some interpretation, and it may just be that more of these sales were reported than in past years. History repeats itself, as the number of proof coins sold since the 1990s have also been poorly and incompletely recorded.

The narrow date logotypes typical of the 1865-68 issues gave way to broader dates starting with 1869, and these would become larger still in the 1880s.

A minor repunched date variety is known, but this carries no premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1870 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 204 264 294 365 475 1130 1630 4880 - - -
$ - - - - - 220 290 320 410 520 1240 1790 5300 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 338
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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1/12/2015 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9422


Auction Prices Realized

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2/2/1994 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Bullet Sale #113, 113/Lot# 87 $1,017.50
6/27/2005 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 335 $289.80
10/31/2005 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 2112, 2112/Lot# 3169 $1,512.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1085 $1,380.00
12/4/2008 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 561 $1,840.00
8/15/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8044 $402.50
10/28/2012 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131245/Lot# 26051 $940.00
2/2/2014 NGC PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 144823 $801.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610613918624131135139242044246948955165376494122682853380456391790432574
8611715420426432436440142745147550958569082313832463317044159727227940
0000003644014274514755095856908231383246331704415972700
00000037841043446048253061972788218252658348750271381500
1870 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119159209268342431484537575600635659735861997121327813459455066312171739431
1321752282923714485015495836116436847779061069173530073822524311659276210
000000501549583611643684777906106917353007382252431165900
000000519562591623651709819951114122583233418659371668800
1870 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194255323409510629701768818851898930102811901363163435454353563974102663348206
214277351442549653723784829866908962108212471453227138144781622913817338240
00000072378482986690896210821247145322713814478162291381700
00000074580184088291999511361305154329084083521068192022500
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Grade: PF 65 UC
Points: 3545
Owner: Hale1
 
Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 3459
Owner: Fred Rush
 
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