Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,335,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1870 3CN MS obverse 1870 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Minting of this coin type fell a little further in 1870, as these coins were struck only as needed to replace those redeemed at banks and Sub-Treasuries. There was as yet no authorization to re-issue those coins still fit for circulation, but this would change in 1871.

The typical 1870 three-cent piece is reasonably well struck, with only Liberty's lowest curls and the Roman III being subject to weak spots. Gems are rare.

The example illustrated shows the streaky toning so common to copper-nickel coins from incomplete mixing of the alloy. Areas of copper concentration get drawn out in the planchet rolling process, and these then tone more rapidly than the properly blended areas.

Several varieties are noted for this date, and the better ones are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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1870 3CN MS
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Base $ 16.50 20.00 23.00 30.00 48.00 70.00 77.00 85.00 110 135 150 185 215 310 780 2350 9750 - - -
$ 51.00 - - 90.00 120 - - 190 240 350 950 4750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 474
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1870 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--3715873141447313568914340102---474
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Total--3715873141447313568914740103---479
 --1%1%3%2%1%1%3%3%10%1%3%12%19%31%8%2%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202841597613118323727232035138143748963112711928286047191104119130
17223247649414820124828833036139945453684414902238347968261373720087
000000148201248288330361399454536844149022383479682600
0000001652192603043403714184715831057170925494099893300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 631
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 631
Owner: TheoGS
 
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