Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
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 PF obverse 1870 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The numismatic hobby enjoyed a growth spurt during the 1870s-80s, and this may explain in part the greater number of silver proof sets sold in 1870. Mint records, however, are always subject to some interpretation, and it may just be that more of these sales were reported than in past years. History repeats itself, as the number of proof coins sold since the 1990s have also been poorly and incompletely recorded.

The narrow date logotypes typical of the 1865-68 issues gave way to broader dates starting with 1869, and these would become larger still in the 1880s.

A minor repunched date variety is known, but this carries no premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1870 3CN PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 215 265 275 360 450 1000 1650 4400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 410 535 1150 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 363
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1870 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------11-714351207821----277
----------------11----2
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Total---------11-714351207922----279
 ---------0%0%-3%5%13%43%28%8%---- 
1870 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------31241262---84
-----------------22---4
----------------111---3
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Total--------------31242295---91
 --------------3%13%46%32%5%--- 
1870 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-1---2
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Total----------------1-1---2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119159209268342431484537575600635659735861997121327813459455066312171739431
13217522829237144850154958361164368477790610691735300738225243116592762141403
000000501549583611643684777906106917353007382252431165900
000000519562591623651709819951114122583233418659371668800
1870 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194255323409510629701768818851898930102811901363163435454353563974102663348206
2142773514425496537237848298669089621082124714532271381447816229138173382450616
00000072378482986690896210821247145322713814478162291381700
00000074580184088291999511361305154329084083521068192022500
1870 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610613918624131135139242044246948955165376494122682853380456391790432574
86117154204264324364401427451475509585690823138324633170441597272279434203
0000003644014274514755095856908231383246331704415972700
00000037841043446048253061972788218252658348750271381500
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Grade: PF 65 UC
Points: 3545
Owner: Hale1
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 2853
Owner: Robert Clarence CRAMER
 
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