Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 790,000
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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1874 3CN MS obverse 1874 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The pattern set in 1872 continued through this year, with annual mintages for the three-cent piece of approximately one million, give or take. These were simply replacements for those coins lost or not found fit for reissue after being redeemed. There was no actual increase in demand for this denomination.

Most survivors are slightly less than fully struck. The example illustrated reveals the die-clash impressions so common to the early dates but less often seen after the 1860s. Gems of this date are quite rare.

Varieties are limited to two, rather minor repunched dates.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/29/2019

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1874 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 21.00 25.00 32.00 47.00 65.00 68.00 90.00 110 150 170 210 260 425 1300 3150 15000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 90.00 120 - - 215 280 500 1700 4550 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 206
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, 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 1874 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--19126523622-62236571261---206
----------------1-----1
----------------11----2
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Total--19126523622-62236571471---209
 --0 %4 %6 %3 %2 %1 %1 %3 %11 %-3 %11 %17 %27 %7 %3 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/23/2000 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1350, 1350/Lot# 1052 $599.50
5/5/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 5973 $1,610.00
5/5/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 750, 759/Lot# 361 $811.00
9/29/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 141023 $25.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4032 $3,525.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30688 $1,292.50
4/17/2019 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131917/Lot# 27109 $156.00


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