Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 790,000
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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1874 3CN MS obverse 1874 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The pattern set in 1872 continued through this year, with annual mintages for the three-cent piece of approximately one million, give or take. These were simply replacements for those coins lost or not found fit for reissue after being redeemed. There was no actual increase in demand for this denomination.

Most survivors are slightly less than fully struck. The example illustrated reveals the die-clash impressions so common to the early dates but less often seen after the 1860s. Gems of this date are quite rare.

Varieties are limited to two, rather minor repunched dates.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1874 3CN MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.25 20.40 24.00 31.20 44.40 44.40 64.80 69.60 79.20 108 132 168 192 215 435 1250 3150 11510 - - -
$ 50.00 73.00 78.00 89.00 121 148 188 215 240 550 1375 3400 12400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 180
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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12/2/2001 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1512, 1512/Lot# 1048 $728.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 326 $124.20
3/24/2008 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2507, 2507/Lot# 2375 $246.40
11/29/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7715 $164.50
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6780 $129.25
9/29/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 141023 $25.00
5/19/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20070 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437506712718324127833336640945050278315582335344755631328123146
13182841558714520225329634438042246759510411817270541528135165690
0000001452022532963443804224675951041181727054152813500
00000016422126531435539443648468912992076307648571070800
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 783
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 450
Owner: Michael C Jones
 
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