Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 604,000
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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1871 3CN MS obverse 1871 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of this coin plunged in 1871, due to Congressional action that permitted the Treasury to reissue those minor coins turned in for redemption that were considered still fit for circulation. This meant that only the coins lost, mutilated or excessively worn needed to be replaced with newly struck ones.

The 1871 three-cent piece is thus more scarce than earlier issues, though catalog prices don't necessarily reflect this fact. The relatively high availability of proof examples for all later dates in this series has had the effect of capping prices for currency pieces.

The only variety reported for 1871 is a fairly distinct doubled-die obverse affecting the entire legend.

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Last Updated: 8/5/2021

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1871 3CN MS
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Base $ 20.00 25.00 30.00 45.00 65.00 100 115 130 150 175 200 225 265 450 925 1350 7000 - - -
$ 80.00 105 120 135 160 185 210 240 300 500 1000 3100 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 266
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/21/2021 1871 3CN MS
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Base-128152345717-728308440103---266
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Total-128152345717-728308641113---270
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