Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 862,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 3CN MS obverse 1872 3CN MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The three-cent piece was still a useful coin in 1872, as its mintage confirms. This status would last only until fractional silver coins began to creep back into circulation in 1875 and return in abundance during 1876-77. After that time its production plummeted.

This date is not truly rare, but Mint State survivors are in relatively short supply, with gems being very scarce. Most are better struck than the early dates (1865-67), but some shallowness may appear on the lower curls of Liberty's hair, the tip of her coronet and the centers of the columnar ones.

One by-product of a lower mintage is a greatly reduced instance of varieties. All that is known for 1872 is a single, quite minor repunched date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1872 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 16.50 20.00 24.00 30.00 45.00 70.00 75.00 80.00 95.00 170 200 260 380 1200 2600 - - - -
$ 52.00 - - 89.00 105 185 220 290 460 1475 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 185
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3220, 3220/Lot# 1136 $260.00
5/13/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/13/2012, 22/Lot# 51177 $41.00
9/29/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131341/Lot# 24851 $66.00
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20087 $232.65
6/1/2014 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 806, 815/Lot# 39 $1,175.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98127 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437506712718324127833336642350257566316092401352556751353223582
1318284155871452022532963443854495266049781873277542418294168820
000000145202253296344385449526604978187327754241829400
00000016422126531435540447555063312932137315049581091300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 575
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 502
Owner: Michael C Jones
 
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