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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1870 3CN PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 215 265 275 360 450 1080 1680 4800 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 410 535 1180 - - -
1870 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 330 390 715 1090 5625 - - -
1870 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4375 7500 11200 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 353
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 9/17/2019 1870 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------11-613341207521----271
----------------11----2
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Total---------11-613341207622----273
 ---------0 %0 %-2 %5 %12 %44 %28 %8 %---- 
1870 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------31140242---80
-----------------22---4
----------------111---3
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Total--------------31141275---87
 --------------3 %13 %47 %31 %6 %--- 
1870 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-1---2
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Total----------------1-1---2
 ----------------50 %-50 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/2/1997 NGC PF 63   Teletrade Auction 0959, 959/Lot# 1141 $261.60
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1490 $489.00
3/17/2011 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3186 $1,610.00
12/4/2011 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131150/Lot# 22040 $299.00
10/13/2013 PCGS PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1036 $1,075.00
11/10/2013 NGC PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148717 $253.00
3/28/2014 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5145 $1,410.00
11/6/2014 PCGS PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3607 $13,512.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119159209268342431484537575600635659735861997121327813459455066312171739431
1321752282923714485015495836116436847779061069173530073822524311659276210
000000501549583611643684777906106917353007382252431165900
000000519562591623651709819951114122583233418659371668800
1870 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194255323409510629701768818851898930102811901363163435454353563974102663348206
214277351442549653723784829866908962108212471453227138144781622913817338240
00000072378482986690896210821247145322713814478162291381700
00000074580184088291999511361305154329084083521068192022500
1870 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610613918624131135139242044246948955165376494122682853380456391790432574
8611715420426432436440142745147550958569082313832463317044159727227940
0000003644014274514755095856908231383246331704415972700
00000037841043446048253061972788218252658348750271381500
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Grade: PF 65 UC
Points: 3545
Owner: Hale1
 
Grade: PF 65 CAMEO
Points: 2781
Owner: ddr70
 
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