Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,350
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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1878 3CN PF obverse 1878 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

There was no currency demand for additional three-cent pieces in 1878, so this date was coined solely as proofs. For the first time the U. S. Mint maintained complete records that included minor proof sets, and the total of 2,350 proof 1878 three-cent pieces is probably a good guide as to how many were sold in the years immediately preceding.

These coins were better made than the proofs of earlier in the decade, and gems are not particularly rare. As a proof-only date, examples were more carefully handled and preserved. Cameo pieces form a minority of the total population but exist in sufficient numbers to be collectable.

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Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1878 3CN PF
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Base $ - - - 575 650 675 685 700 715 725 735 750 790 850 1075 1350 1650 11500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 915 - 1550 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 701
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1878 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----3---1-3251826134183126151--517
----------------11----2
-----------------3----3
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Total----3---1-3251826134184130151--522
 ----1%---0%-1%0%1%3%5%26%35%25%3%0%-- 
1878 3CN PF CA
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Base-----------1--5196255353--180
----------------1-2---3
---------------1123---7
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Total-----------1--5206457403--190
 -----------1%--3%11%34%30%21%2%-- 
1878 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------112---4
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Total----------------112---4
 ----------------25%25%50%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base317401502618756915101011001166120812691309131213211327134514921924264244021485426451
34543454066480994610401122118012281282131013151323133313941636216332287886187190
0000001040112211801228128213101315132313331394163621633228788600
00000010701144119412481295131113181325133914431780240238151137000
1878 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base47759172387710561260138014921574162817041753175817701776179919802510337854641913634031
51563577493611241300141715191592165317201754176217721783185921562799407310021241010
00000014171519159216531720175417621772178318592156279940731002100
00000014541546161016781736175617661774179119192333308847681457800
1878 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2232883664585686977748479019369881021102410311036105111731537214836741199721387
244314396494611722798865912953999102210261032104110911294174026566448151270
00000079886591295399910221026103210411091129417402656644800
000000822883924970101010231028103410461132141519443165922200
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 3228
Owner: Colt45
 
Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 2642
Owner: Robert Clarence CRAMER
 
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