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.
Link to this coin

1874 3CN MS obverse 1874 3CN MS reverse

Expand All    Collapse All


There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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.


Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation


Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1874 3CN MS
Base $ 17.50 21.00 25.00 32.00 45.00 65.00 70.00 80.00 110 170 200 260 390 1300 3250 15000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 90.00 120 - 215 280 500 1700 4550 - -

The World Coin Price Guide is independently compiled by Krause Publications’ NumisMaster. NGC makes this information available to its website visitors as a free service, but in no way does the information provided represent NGC’s official opinion or policy. For example, varieties listed in the World Coin Price Guide may not necessarily be recognized by NGC. Please contact NGC Customer Service with any questions.

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer



Total Graded: 182
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
1/7/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1013, 1013/Lot# 1123 $283.40
9/21/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7102 $782.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 426 $299.00
4/1/2013 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 1276 $258.50
4/24/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7480 $305.50
9/29/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 141023 $25.00
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# 34033 $117.50
2/8/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25694 $79.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 3CN MS
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 64
Points: 783
Owner: bartlesvilleok
Grade: MS 62
Points: 450
Owner: Michael C Jones
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer