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: 2/8/2019

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1874 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 21.00 25.00 32.00 45.00 65.00 70.00 84.00 110 135 170 210 260 425 1300 3150 15000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 90.00 120 - - 215 280 500 1700 4550 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 225
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
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: 7/27/2021 1874 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--39126535923-62336611581---225
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----------------11----2
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Total--39126535923-62336611791---228
 --1%4%5%3%2%1%2%4%10%-3%10%16%27%7%4%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437506712718324127833336640945050278315582335344755631328123146
131828415587145202253296344380422467595104118172705415281351656924303
0000001452022532963443804224675951041181727054152813500
00000016422126531435539443648468912992076307648571070800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3447
Owner: Bob Hirsh
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 183
Owner: derrbrad
 
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