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. The example illustrated features nice frosting on its legends and devices, but the ribbon tails have been partially effaced through overpolishing of the reverse die.

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

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1880 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 280 295 350 400 510 675 1000 6100 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 390 450 625 900 1500 -
1880 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 330 390 535 1020 2250 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 965
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 55 series, 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: 9/17/2019 1880 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------12182043214359220533--924
---------------2354---14
---------------1253---11
------------------1---1
Total---------12182043217364230613--950
 ---------0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %5 %23 %38 %24 %6 %0 %-- 
1880 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-712165---41
-----------------1-1--2
-----------------11---2
-----------------------
Total-------------1-7121861--45
 -------------2 %-16 %27 %40 %13 %2 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/10/2006 NGC PF 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1131 $661.00
4/13/2011 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 3048, 3048/Lot# 1165 $437.00
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3364 $705.00
1/9/2013 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8876 $329.00
12/1/2013 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 279 $327.00
12/5/2013 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7243 $616.88
6/8/2014 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 189623 $726.00
3/6/2015 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3524, 6093/Lot# 21030 $387.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20126233342052264471778583787091894995395496299712901674232339341263722599
22128536245456266873980284888692895095395697310941418189028606835159570
0000007398028488869289509539569731094141818902860683500
0000007628198599029389519539599851192154621063397973600
1880 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base314398497615752911100510941159120212621303130613091319136317302205299449141645129372
34243153666080594210341115117312221275130413071312133314851888246836348759207580
0000001034111511731222127513041307131213331485188824683634875900
00000010641137118712421289130513081315134816072046273142741260500
1880 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13517923430138147953759363366169972572772973576410051326187632661011018106
1491972563274134985556066426737077257277317448441112150923395547127750
000000555606642673707725727731744844111215092339554700
000000574619651686716726728733754924121916922802782800
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 2802
Owner: mania
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1326
Owner: Teton5
 
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