Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 604,000
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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1871 3CN MS obverse 1871 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of this coin plunged in 1871, due to Congressional action that permitted the Treasury to reissue those minor coins turned in for redemption that were considered still fit for circulation. This meant that only the coins lost, mutilated or excessively worn needed to be replaced with newly struck ones.

The 1871 three-cent piece is thus more scarce than earlier issues, though catalog prices don't necessarily reflect this fact. The relatively high availability of proof examples for all later dates in this series has had the effect of capping prices for currency pieces.

The only variety reported for 1871 is a fairly distinct doubled-die obverse affecting the entire legend.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1871 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 16.50 20.00 24.00 30.00 45.00 75.00 85.00 95.00 105 170 190 230 350 915 1900 12500 - - -
$ 52.00 - - - 115 - 210 255 425 1025 3000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 235
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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8/16/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7243


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4/7/2001 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Bullet Sale #257, 257/Lot# 211 $184.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 433 $920.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 5764 $2,070.00
4/4/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3042, 3042/Lot# 1164 $35.00
10/27/2011 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 631, 638/Lot# 5085 $713.00
5/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 113163 $288.77
11/15/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34030 $305.50
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20086 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437507613118324127833336640945050264213031969291047931131019611
1318284158941482022532963443804224675488621525228235376965140770
000000148202253296344380422467548862152522823537696500
0000001652212653143553944364845951082174725964165913700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 502
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 450
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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