Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 228,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1875 3CN MS obverse 1875 3CN MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1875 was the year that witnessed the return of fractional silver coins to circulation, as their value finally equalized with that of paper money. This nearly destroyed the demand for three-cent pieces, and this date's mintage reflects the changing of the guard.

While examples of the 1875 three-cent piece are quite scarce in the higher circulated grades, both the number and quality of Mint State survivors are higher than one would expect. This is entirely unexplained.

Only one variety is known, but it's a good one: the flag of a duplicate numeral 1 is seen projecting from Liberty's neck.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1875 3CN MS
Base $ 17.25 21.60 25.20 32.40 50.40 78.00 87.60 108 132 180 225 300 475 850 1700 11020 - - -
$ 56.00 87.00 98.00 121 148 202 260 360 585 975 2050 11900 -

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Total Graded: 241
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
12/9/1994 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1994 December St. Louis Bullet Sale #126, 126/Lot# 106 $990.00
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 214 $632.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 327 $178.25
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 7592 $460.00
4/30/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3268, 3268/Lot# 1115 $250.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7300 $282.00
5/11/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192103 $101.20
6/9/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20133 $111.63

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 3CN MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 489
Owner: bartlesvilleok
Grade: MS 62
Points: 304
Owner: North Iowa Coins
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