Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,942
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 PF obverse 1884 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The high sales of proof minor coins during the 1880s certainly reflected in part the booming state of the coin hobby at that time, but it's also possible that some of this was speculative in nature. The very low mintages of currency pieces (less than half the number of proofs) could have attracted some attention at the time.

This date is plentiful in grades up through PF 66, with a smattering of worn examples that were spent for one reason or another. Cameo pieces are moderately scarce but available to the serious collector. The coin illustrated reveals the mediocre obverse strike so prevalent in proofs of the 1880s.

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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1884 3CN PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - 210 220 225 250 310 370 440 575 750 1300 6250 - -
$ - - - - - - - 350 425 490 650 910 - -
1884 3CN PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3050 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1230
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1884 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----52122911111247226137622829---1034
----------------631---10
----------------13----4
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Total----52122911111247226138323430---1048
 ----0%0%0%0%0%1%1%0%1%2%7%25%37%22%3%--- 
1884 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------6416161196--194
----------------111---3
----------------164---11
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Total--------------6416368246--208
 --------------3%20%30%33%12%3%-- 
1884 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------2----2
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Total-----------------2----2
 -----------------100%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18323730438648459766773378181385888890092594999712711586221237691217021764
20125933141852162068974979182886889290893396510881376179427316569153680
0000006897497918288688929089339651088137617942731656900
0000007117658028438788969169419811179148120033250936900
1884 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28836645857069984994010241087112711851222123912711303136317072097286047191588328358
3143964956137498799681045110011461197122712491281132314771837235134798440200410
000000968104511001146119712271249128113231477183723513479844000
0000009961066111311651209123312601292134315921967260540991216100
1884 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123163212275351442497549586613648674684705725764990125217813122971517399
1361792333003814605145615956246566776917117388391077142822285319122760
000000514561595624656677691711738839107714282228531900
000000531573604636665680698718751914116416042675751700
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 2212
Owner: McLaughlin
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 1077
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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