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: 4/24/2020

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1879 3CN MS
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Base $ 60.00 78.00 100.00 120 155 195 210 220 245 275 305 350 390 770 950 1275 5300 - - -
$ - - - - 245 - 320 385 465 775 1000 1950 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 192
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1879 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1182441343213158103139205---192
----------------121---4
---------------1211---5
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Total-1182441343213158103242237---201
 -0%0%4%12%2%6%2%1%1%6%0%2%4%5%16%21%11%3%--- 

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