Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 900
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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1877 3CN PF obverse 1877 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only proofs were coined of this denomination in 1877, but the problem is that no one really knows how many were minted and how many of those actually sold. Figures of either 510 or 900 have been published, but these are incomplete reconstructions. It was not until the following year the Mint finally began recording sales of minor proof sets as part of the total mintage.

While this date is no more rare than others of the 1870s, its status as a proof-only issue makes it essential to the completion of a date series. The market values reflect this far greater demand.

Walter Breen listed an 1877/6 overdate, but what passes for a 6 does not match up exactly to the 1876 logotype. More likely is that this is a repunched 1877, with the only real repunching visible being at numerals 18.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1877 3CN PF
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Base $ 1110 1150 1220 1310 1350 1380 1450 1500 1620 1760 1860 1940 2225 2875 3600 3800 6250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 13000 -
1877 3CN PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2600 3350 4600 5400 9300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3850 4850 5850 14500 -
1877 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3000 5000 8750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 9500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 441
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1877 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------1--1234102310081603---288
----------------1-3---4
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-----------------1----1
Total------1--1234102310082616---293
 ------0 %--0 %1 %1 %1 %3 %8 %34 %28 %21 %2 %--- 
1877 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------13274655181--151
-----------------552--12
---------------3-61---10
------------------1---1
Total-------------13304666253--174
 -------------1 %2 %17 %26 %38 %14 %2 %-- 
1877 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------2-----2
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Total----------------2-----2
 ----------------100 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/5/1999 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1150, 1150/Lot# 1232 $1,728.00
5/28/2003 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 5503 $2,185.00
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 991 $3,220.00
4/27/2011 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1154/Lot# 4360 $4,312.50
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3273 $3,055.00
3/30/2014 PCGS PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 33 $4,300.00
7/20/2014 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207674 $3,692.70
2/5/2015 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1298 $4,112.50
4/27/2016 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3167 $3,760.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base575705856103112331460159517191811187019542009203920852124223328213506460867072492944433
618755914109813091505163617501831189819722019205420982160242930493873530812781314300
00000016361750183118981972201920542098216024293049387353081278100
00000016781780185019261991202920702111219726253278424160071885500
1877 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8209901185140616571941210722592372244525482614265027062754288535924408570674923036053999
87710551259149017521996215822972396247925702626266927222798312138644841630115115382400
00000021582297239624792570262626692722279831213864484163011511500
00000022082334242125142592263826872738284133564136527368972273700
1877 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4235276507939581146125813631441149015631609163416731707179923022894385457062069636928
45856869884810211183129313891457151415781617164716841738196724993214447110703261070
00000012931389145715141578161716471684173819672499321444711070300
00000013281415147415391594162616601696176821342697353450891569900
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Grade: PF 64
Points: 1799
Owner: ronjuan18
 
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