Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 38,000
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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1879 3CN MS obverse 1879 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A redundancy of three-cent pieces developed during 1876, and this saw a complete suspension of coinage for circulation during 1877-78. This abated only somewhat in 1879, and the few non-proofs of this date are quite scarce in all grades. Gems exist in a disproportionately high number, yet their rarity is similar to that of other dates from the 1870s.

Most 1879 three-cent pieces were quite well struck from faintly prooflike dies. With such a limited mintage, the dies simply didn't wear enough to show frosty luster.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1879 3CN MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 54.05 68.40 78.00 112 132 132 156 192 204 222 258 288 336 415 630 960 1375 4230 - - -
$ 148 175 215 220 240 280 320 370 460 690 1060 1525 4600 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/19/1995 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1995 May New Jersey Bullet Sale #135, 135/Lot# 71 $253.00
5/8/2007 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27053, 27053/Lot# 13074 $948.75
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3437 $1,495.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2067 $977.50
10/9/2011 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 1361 $253.00
6/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 62 $150.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159613 $1,050.00
8/10/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131433/Lot# 25233 $131.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76102139183237278330378456507575620653715811102113332009300949351169919698
8411415320125029534640447352959063167374788111251558234236517189143650
0000003464044735295906316737478811125155823423651718900
0000003624304905526056426947799511229178326754293944400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2342
Owner: #
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1021
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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