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: 8/31/2015

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1875 3CN MS
Base $ 17.75 22.00 26.00 33.00 52.00 78.00 88.00 110 135 180 225 300 425 975 2150 14000 - - -
$ 57.00 - 95.00 120 145 200 260 360 500 1200 - - -

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Total Graded: 236
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 214 $632.50
2/23/2005 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 5706 $862.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10373 $243.80
4/30/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3268, 3268/Lot# 1115 $250.00
3/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131312/Lot# 26536 $284.35
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1398 $1,645.00
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# 34034 $329.00
3/23/2014 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 732 $800.00
5/11/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192103 $101.20

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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