Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,955
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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1880 3CN PF obverse 1880 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Sales of proof coins spiked in 1880, and this had several possible causes. The rarity of this date as a currency strike may have compelled collectors to order proofs who did not normally do so. Also, there was a greater interest in proof coins across all denominations due to the proof-only status of the trade dollar. Finally, it should not be overlooked that the coin collecting hobby in general underwent a growth spurt from the late 1870s through the late 1880s.

This date is plentiful in the proof edition only, though coins having cameo contrast are relatively scarce.

Obvious repunching of the second 8 is seen on some proofs, but the market for proof varieties is extremely thin.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1880 3CN PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 280 310 350 400 510 745 1000 6100 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 390 450 625 900 1500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 980
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1880 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------11112292444215356222525--935
---------------3586---22
---------------2261---11
------------------1---1
Total------11112292444220363236605--969
 ------0%0%0%0%0%0%1%2%5%23%37%24%6%1%-- 
1880 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-714176---45
-----------------1-1--2
-----------------21---3
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Total-------------1-7142071--50
 -------------2%-14%28%40%14%2%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20126233342052264471778583787091894995395496299712901674232339341263722599
221285362454562668739802848886928950953956973109414181890286068351595723729
0000007398028488869289509539569731094141818902860683500
0000007628198599029389519539599851192154621063397973600
1880 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base314398497615752911100510941159120212621303130613091319136317302205299449141645129372
342431536660805942103411151173122212751304130713121333148518882468363487592075830841
0000001034111511731222127513041307131213331485188824683634875900
00000010641137118712421289130513081315134816072046273142741260500
1880 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13517923430138147953759363366169972572772973576410051326187632661011018106
14919725632741349855560664267370772572773174484411121509233955471277519011
000000555606642673707725727731744844111215092339554700
000000574619651686716726728733754924121916922802782800
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 2802
Owner: mania
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 1876
Owner: Kevin Beaulieu
 
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