Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950
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 PF obverse 1872 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Some 950 proof three-cent pieces are known to have been sold as components of the silver proof sets, and the number of additional pieces sold within minor proof sets is unknown. If later figures are a guide (the mint began reporting these numbers in 1878), it's likely that the total mintage may be doubled or more.

This date is only moderately rare. Very few of these coins will quality as Cameo, and Ultra Cameo examples are extremely rare or non-existant.

The repunched variety (1872/72) mentioned by Breen may have been simple strike doubling, as no such variety is included in the Flynn/Fletcher reference book.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1872 3CN PF
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 442
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1872 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------121532149137323---371
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-----------------11---2
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Total-----------121532149137344---374
 -----------0%1%4%9%40%37%9%1%--- 
1872 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------141028261---70
------------------2---2
----------------1-----1
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Total-------------141029263---73
 -------------1%5%14%40%36%4%--- 
1872 3CN PF UC
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Base------------------1---1
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Total----------------1-1---2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119159209268342431484537575600635659735861997104417882285314951371609429059
1321752282923714485015495836116436847779061012129219532573381187892041530512
00000050154958361164368477790610121292195325733811878900
000000519562591623651709819951102815402119286144741244100
1872 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194255323409510629701768818851898930102811901363142123442948398457832005636103
2142773514425496537237848298669089621082124713821728254532934583105402540537908
00000072378482986690896210821247138217282545329345831054000
00000074580184088291999511361305140120362746363851831529800
1872 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7610613918624131135139242044246948955165376480214211843258543191305623620
86117154204264324364401427451475509585690776100815612090316372311657724801
0000003644014274514755095856907761008156120903163723100
00000037841043446048253061972778912141702233737411014300
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 2285
Owner: mania
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 1421
Owner: ronjuan18
 
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