Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 228,000
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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1875 3CN MS obverse 1875 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1875 was the year that witnessed the return of fractional silver coins to circulation, as their value finally equalized with that of paper money. This nearly destroyed the demand for three-cent pieces, and this date's mintage reflects the changing of the guard.

While examples of the 1875 three-cent piece are quite scarce in the higher circulated grades, both the number and quality of Mint State survivors are higher than one would expect. This is entirely unexplained.

Only one variety is known, but it's a good one: the flag of a duplicate numeral 1 is seen projecting from Liberty's neck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/22/2019

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1875 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 28.00 45.00 57.00 86.00 95.00 110 130 185 195 215 300 425 975 2150 14000 - - -
$ 57.00 - 100.00 120 145 - 200 260 360 500 1200 2450 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 248
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
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: 10/8/2019 1875 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1352222812-421309641163---248
------------------1---1
---------------1-1----2
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Total--1352222812-421309741174---251
 --0 %1 %2 %1 %1 %1 %1 %3 %5 %-2 %8 %12 %39 %16 %7 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/11/2000 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 5389 $661.25
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 214 $632.50
9/26/2005 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2097, 2097/Lot# 1076 $672.00
12/18/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131152/Lot# 26106 $115.00
6/2/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 119278 $36.00
3/23/2014 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 732 $800.00
6/9/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20133 $111.63
2/22/2018 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1272/Lot# 7364 $660.00


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