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: 6/18/2013

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1880 3CN MS
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Base $ 73.60 86.40 108 162 186 186 210 222 234 258 270 300 360 450 550 960 1360 3020 - - -
$ 208 230 240 260 280 300 330 400 500 610 1060 1490 3300 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 200
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/27/2002 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 6317 $1,035.00
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 518 $2,530.00
4/7/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 236, 242/Lot# 77 $391.00
9/21/2008 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68094, 68094/Lot# 64257 $2,415.00
1/24/2010 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2802, 2802/Lot# 1304 $661.25
2/24/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 40/Lot# 5087 $358.80
9/2/2012 NGC AU 50   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 857 $219.00
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# 1067 $940.00
4/13/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 182035 $127.60


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