Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 900
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94 grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1877 3CN PF obverse 1877 3CN PF reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Only proofs were coined of this denomination in 1877, but the problem is that no one really knows how many were minted and how many of those actually sold. Figures of either 510 or 900 have been published, but these are incomplete reconstructions. It was not until the following year the Mint finally began recording sales of minor proof sets as part of the total mintage.

While this date is no more rare than others of the 1870s, its status as a proof-only issue makes it essential to the completion of a date series. The market values reflect this far greater demand.

Walter Breen listed an 1877/6 overdate, but what passes for a 6 does not match up exactly to the 1876 logotype. More likely is that this is a repunched 1877, with the only real repunching visible being at numerals 18.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2015

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1877 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 445
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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6/7/2015 PF 65  Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3283


Auction Prices Realized

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9/10/2006 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1110 $3,680.00
12/8/2008 NGC PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 307, 313/Lot# 219 $4,140.00
6/2/2010 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 329 $4,025.00
4/27/2011 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1154/Lot# 4360 $4,312.50
8/15/2011 NGC PF 64   Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8054 $3,162.50
4/15/2012 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 3259, 3259/Lot# 1245 $3,100.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Cameo Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1057 $5,287.50
3/21/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3154 $3,525.00
7/20/2014 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207674 $3,692.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4235276507939581146125813631441149015631609163416731707179923022894385457062069636928
45756869784810201183129313891457151415781617164716841737196624993214447110702261060
00000012931389145715141578161716471684173719662499321444711070200
00000013281415147315381593162516601695176821342696353450881569900
1877 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base575705856103112331460159517191811187019542009203920852124223328213506460867072492944433
618755914109813081505163617491830189819722019205420982160242930493873530712781314300
00000016361749183018981972201920542098216024293049387353071278100
00000016771780185019261990202920692111219626253277424060071885500
1877 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8209901185140616571941210722592372244525482614265027062754288535924408570674923036053999
87610551258148917511996215722962396247925702626266827222797312038644840630115114382390
00000021572296239624792570262626682722279731203864484063011511400
00000022082334242025132592263826872738284133564136527368962273700
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Grade: PF 64
Points: 1799
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 1799
Owner: ronjuan18
 
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