Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 3CN PF obverse 1879 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of currency strikes may or may not have influenced sales of proof three-cent pieces in 1879. In any case, this figure rose to 3,200 for the year, and this date is readily available in all grades through PF 65, with Cameo pieces being only slightly scarce.

These coins were well made as a general rule, but the example illustrated reveals that full strikes were never guaranteed with proofs. The lower curls of Liberty's hair, always a problem area, are not fully formed.

One obverse die features minor repunching of numeral 7 and more obvious doubling of the 9. As is almost always true of varieites on proof coins, there is little interest and no premium attached. In the past such repunchings were almost immediately declared overdates by the first person to notice them, but the list of true overdates has shrunken considerably in recent decades. A few of these dubious entries, however, are still listed in popular catalogs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1879 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 222 294 318 390 425 575 830 1250 5850 - -
$ - - - - - 240 320 350 435 470 630 910 1380 -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 921
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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11/10/2014 PF 67  Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3187


Auction Prices Realized

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10/4/1995 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 1995 October Long Beach Bullet Sale #143, 143/Lot# 80 $990.00
4/7/1997 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 0934, 934/Lot# 1102 $392.40
2/4/2003 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23022, 23022/Lot# 13054 $661.25
9/10/2006 NGC PF 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1121 $690.00
4/3/2008 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 235, 241/Lot# 5109 $414.00
10/23/2011 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/23/2011, 141/Lot# 20830 $743.60
8/8/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7313 $763.75
6/16/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20135 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11114719024831740445350253956359766780985397410281239153719284095964117284
12316120927134642046951454757462071482389399210981338166726505943121880
0000004695145475746207148238939921098133816672650594300
00000048552655558564376183893310101168143717973372779200
1879 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16321227535144254961367471974979382084790094999712131586221237691208321629
17923330038147757063368972976380282986491696510691337179427316540152650
0000006336897297638028298649169651069133717942731654000
0000006537047397788118388829329811141146120033250931100
1879 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623334205226447858709491008104711031138117312391303136316342097286047191577728193
285362454562691813896968102110651114114911951260132314531788235134798405199150
00000089696810211065111411491195126013231453178823513479840500
000000922988103410841126116112171281134315431942260540991209100
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 3747
Owner: Zakmar
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 1985
Owner: jacmitch
 
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