Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,000
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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1880 3CN MS obverse 1880 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Just a token emission of three-cent pieces was produced this year, and it's doubtful that any of these coins were made in response to actual demand. By 1880 Americans were finding that they could manage quite well with the cent and nickel as their minor coins.

Most 1880 three-cent pieces known today are Mint State or very close to it. They are generally well struck and faintly prooflike. Circulated examples are quite rare, gems disproportionately available in relation to overall numbers.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1880 3CN MS
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Base $ 75.00 90.00 110 165 200 265 285 310 335 375 415 485 675 900 1400 3600 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 198
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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7/1/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1063, 1063/Lot# 1169 $370.60
8/8/1998 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Bullet Sale #189, 189/Lot# 191 $495.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 992 $2,012.50
2/26/2007 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 2333, 2333/Lot# 1153 $2,912.00
1/5/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 318, 324/Lot# 218 $718.75
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7538 $373.75
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1068 $776.25
7/28/2013 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 130418 $1,982.20


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