Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950
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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1872 3CN PF obverse 1872 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Some 950 proof three-cent pieces are known to have been sold as components of the silver proof sets, and the number of additional pieces sold within minor proof sets is unknown. If later figures are a guide (the mint began reporting these numbers in 1878), it's likely that the total mintage may be doubled or more.

This date is only moderately rare. Very few of these coins will quality as Cameo, and Ultra Cameo examples are extremely rare or non-existant.

The repunched variety (1872/72) mentioned by Breen may have been simple strike doubling, as no such variety is included in the Flynn/Fletcher reference book.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1872 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 186 222 240 330 365 440 750 1140 - - - -
$ - - - - 208 240 260 360 410 480 830 1250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 429
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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1/12/2015 PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9424


Auction Prices Realized

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5/31/2004 PCGS PF 63   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 439 $299.00
1/17/2005 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 450 $517.50
6/27/2005 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 337 $278.30
6/1/2006 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 513 $690.00
6/14/2011 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2057 $747.50
7/22/2013 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 3440, 3440/Lot# 1126 $300.00
12/22/2013 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 146684 $1,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610613918624131135139242044246948955165376480214211843258543191305623620
8611715420426432436440142745147550958569077610081561209031637231165770
0000003644014274514755095856907761008156120903163723100
00000037841043446048253061972778912141702233737411014300
1872 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119159209268342431484537575600635659735861997104417882285314951371609429059
132175228292371448501549583611643684777906101212921953257338118789204150
00000050154958361164368477790610121292195325733811878900
000000519562591623651709819951102815402119286144741244100
1872 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194255323409510629701768818851898930102811901363142123442948398457832005636103
214277351442549653723784829866908962108212471382172825453293458310540254050
00000072378482986690896210821247138217282545329345831054000
00000074580184088291999511361305140120362746363851831529800
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Grade: PF 65
Points: 1421
Owner: ronjuan18
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 802
Owner: Fred Rush
 
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