Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 38,000
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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1879 3CN MS obverse 1879 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A redundancy of three-cent pieces developed during 1876, and this saw a complete suspension of coinage for circulation during 1877-78. This abated only somewhat in 1879, and the few non-proofs of this date are quite scarce in all grades. Gems exist in a disproportionately high number, yet their rarity is similar to that of other dates from the 1870s.

Most 1879 three-cent pieces were quite well struck from faintly prooflike dies. With such a limited mintage, the dies simply didn't wear enough to show frosty luster.

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Last Updated: 10/19/2020

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1879 3CN MS
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Base $ 65.00 80.00 115 130 160 200 210 220 235 260 315 355 425 700 900 1475 5300 - - -
$ - - - - 250 - 325 385 465 775 1000 1950 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 195
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, 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: 3/2/2021 1879 3CN MS
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Base-1182551344213158103139214---195
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Total-1182551344213158103242246---204
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76102139183237278330378456507575620653715811102113332009300949351169919698
84114153201250295346404473529590631673747881112515582342365171891436520683
0000003464044735295906316737478811125155823423651718900
0000003624304905526056426947799511229178326754293944400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2009
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 715
Owner: McKown Collection
 
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