Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 862,000
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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1872 3CN MS obverse 1872 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The three-cent piece was still a useful coin in 1872, as its mintage confirms. This status would last only until fractional silver coins began to creep back into circulation in 1875 and return in abundance during 1876-77. After that time its production plummeted.

This date is not truly rare, but Mint State survivors are in relatively short supply, with gems being very scarce. Most are better struck than the early dates (1865-67), but some shallowness may appear on the lower curls of Liberty's hair, the tip of her coronet and the centers of the columnar ones.

One by-product of a lower mintage is a greatly reduced instance of varieties. All that is known for 1872 is a single, quite minor repunched date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1872 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.10 21.30 22.00 42.70 47.50 76.00 81.00 90.00 115 155 180 210 275 405 1100 2200 12800 - - -
$ 52.00 - - 90.00 120 - 185 220 290 460 1480 3150 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 213
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 9/17/2019 1872 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---41031421121293633482531---213
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Total---41031421121293633482631---214
 ---2 %5 %1 %0 %2 %1 %5 %10 %1 %4 %17 %15 %22 %12 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 224 $270.25
2/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3220, 3220/Lot# 1136 $260.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30204 $195.05
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3199 $1,116.25
5/11/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192820 $770.00
10/12/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225398 $45.00
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7121 $849.53
1/17/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131604/Lot# 27058 $235.00


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