Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
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 PF obverse 1879 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of currency strikes may or may not have influenced sales of proof three-cent pieces in 1879. In any case, this figure rose to 3,200 for the year, and this date is readily available in all grades through PF 65, with Cameo pieces being only slightly scarce.

These coins were well made as a general rule, but the example illustrated reveals that full strikes were never guaranteed with proofs. The lower curls of Liberty's hair, always a problem area, are not fully formed.

One obverse die features minor repunching of numeral 7 and more obvious doubling of the 9. As is almost always true of varieites on proof coins, there is little interest and no premium attached. In the past such repunchings were almost immediately declared overdates by the first person to notice them, but the list of true overdates has shrunken considerably in recent decades. A few of these dubious entries, however, are still listed in popular catalogs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1879 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 285 295 360 440 660 725 1080 4400 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 425 490 725 940 1600 -
1879 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 330 390 535 650 1050 5300 - -
1879 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12100 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 942
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 10/8/2019 1879 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3261438182306180525--788
----------------2651--14
---------------1252---10
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Total----------3261438183310191596--812
 ----------0 %0 %1 %2 %5 %23 %38 %24 %7 %1 %-- 
1879 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------3174256287--153
----------------1-2---3
-----------------2-1--3
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Total--------------3174358308--159
 --------------2 %11 %27 %36 %19 %5 %-- 
1879 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100 %----- 

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10/23/2019 PF 63   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131943/Lot# 27133


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7/10/1996 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 0857, 857/Lot# 1150 $708.50
7/27/2005 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5498 $977.50
2/11/2007 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1092 $575.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7750 $646.25
3/23/2014 PCGS PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 733 $625.00
8/31/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 151499 $450.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30691 $499.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16321227535144254961367471974979382084790094999712131586221237691208321629
17923330038147757063368972976380282986491696510691337179427316540152650
0000006336897297638028298649169651069133717942731654000
0000006537047397788118388829329811141146120033250931100
1879 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623334205226447858709491008104711031138117312391303136316342097286047191577728193
285362454562691813896968102110651114114911951260132314531788235134798405199150
00000089696810211065111411491195126013231453178823513479840500
000000922988103410841126116112171281134315431942260540991209100
1879 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11114719024831740445350253956359766780985397410281239153719284095964117284
12316120927134642046951454757462071482389399210981338166726505943121880
0000004695145475746207148238939921098133816672650594300
00000048552655558564376183893310101168143717973372779200
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 2212
Owner: mania
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 1239
Owner: Cellgazer
 
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