Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,700
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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1884 3CN MS obverse 1884 3CN MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of currency pieces again fell drastically from the previous year, and 1884 three-cent pieces are rare in all grades. Mint State survivors are exceedingly rare, but the greater availability of proofs has limited both demand and prices for these tough coins.

The typical 1884 is sharply struck from fresh dies and looks more like a poorly-made proof than a true currency strike. Historically, there has been a great deal of mis-attribution between the two editions.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1884 3CN MS
Base $ 360 386 438 570 690 780 870 930 1110 1650 1860 2660 4380 15940 22750 30550 - - -
$ 760 860 960 1020 1220 1820 2050 2900 4700 17200 24600 33000 -

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Total Graded: 31
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
10/5/1994 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1994 October Long Beach Bullet Sale #125, 125/Lot# 117 $1,760.00
3/18/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 40901 $1,980.00
1/14/2013 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3413, 3413/Lot# 1334 $1,350.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 93   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 69 $575.00
4/1/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7456 $2,250.13
8/5/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3230 $1,292.50
11/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3175 $1,997.50
2/26/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1218/Lot# 3465 $1,997.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 3CN MS
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