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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 6/30/2015

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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
3/18/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 40901 $1,980.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2276 $2,173.75
10/18/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3368 $19,975.00
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
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3723 $4,700.00
9/4/2014 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3775 $1,410.00
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

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 3CN MS
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