Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,700
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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1884 3CN MS obverse 1884 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of currency pieces again fell drastically from the previous year, and 1884 three-cent pieces are rare in all grades. Mint State survivors are exceedingly rare, but the greater availability of proofs has limited both demand and prices for these tough coins.

The typical 1884 is sharply struck from fresh dies and looks more like a poorly-made proof than a true currency strike. Historically, there has been a great deal of mis-attribution between the two editions.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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1884 3CN MS
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Base $ 475 600 750 1700 2350 2900 3300 3600 4000 4500 4900 6600 8000 12500 25000 31000 45000 - - -
$ 2600 - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 38
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 5/11/2021 1884 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---14475-13-11-3341---38
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Total---14475-13-11-3341---38
 ---3%11%11%18%13%-3%8%-3%3%-8%8%11%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4065076277649259419589741013103910781103116612711393196935454431526481062122135272
43954767281793094696398710211052108611241201131115852494384047086211124772590437036
000000963987102110521086112412011311158524943840470862111247700
0000009681000103010651094114512361352177730194135498671581684900
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