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: 5/24/2019

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1879 3CN MS
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Base $ 60.00 78.00 100.00 120 155 195 210 220 245 265 295 350 390 770 990 1480 5300 - - -
$ - - - - 245 - 320 385 465 775 1000 1950 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 188
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: 9/17/2019 1879 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1172141343213158103138215---188
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Total-1172141343213158103140257---196
 -1 %1 %4 %11 %2 %7 %2 %2 %1 %7 %1 %3 %4 %5 %16 %20 %13 %4 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2414, 2414/Lot# 1027 $246.40
6/14/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2067 $977.50
1/19/2012 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 655, 662/Lot# 7116 $931.50
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3235 $747.50
7/11/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4758 $1,410.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159613 $1,050.00
7/7/2016 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1237/Lot# 3195 $2,702.50
6/8/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7173 $616.88


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