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: 6/30/2015

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1875 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 17.75 22.00 26.00 33.00 52.00 78.00 88.00 110 135 180 225 300 425 1050 2150 13000 - - -
$ 57.00 - 95.00 120 145 200 260 360 500 1200 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 234
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 214 $632.50
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3316 $897.00
11/25/2012 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3387, 3387/Lot# 1350 $207.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 61 $55.00
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
11/6/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3173 $2,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base122028415410216322029233639843746348951570513212009300949351161420053
14223245701221822443063564114454714975789101550234236517161144270
000000182244306356411445471497578910155023423651716100
0000002012683213774244544805066411115177926754293938700
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 489
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 304
Owner: North Iowa Coins
 
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