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: 8/31/2015

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1872 3CN MS
Base $ 16.50 20.00 24.00 30.00 45.00 70.00 75.00 80.00 95.00 170 200 260 380 1150 2600 - - - -
$ 52.00 - - 89.00 105 185 220 290 460 1475 - - -

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Total Graded: 186
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/23/2008 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2616, 2616/Lot# 1215 $241.50
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 52 $275.00
10/6/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131342/Lot# 26261 $86.00
5/25/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22121 $76.38
7/20/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207782 $280.50
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5415 $223.25
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7358 $282.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 3CN MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 575
Owner: bartlesvilleok
Grade: MS 62
Points: 502
Owner: Michael C Jones
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