Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 790,000
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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1874 3CN MS obverse 1874 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The pattern set in 1872 continued through this year, with annual mintages for the three-cent piece of approximately one million, give or take. These were simply replacements for those coins lost or not found fit for reissue after being redeemed. There was no actual increase in demand for this denomination.

Most survivors are slightly less than fully struck. The example illustrated reveals the die-clash impressions so common to the early dates but less often seen after the 1860s. Gems of this date are quite rare.

Varieties are limited to two, rather minor repunched dates.




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Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1874 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 21.00 25.00 32.00 45.00 65.00 70.00 80.00 110 135 170 200 260 390 1300 3150 15000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 90.00 120 - - 215 280 500 1700 4550 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 194
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/4/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1021, 1021/Lot# 1206 $261.60
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 326 $124.20
12/25/2011 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/25/2011, 150/Lot# 29144 $45.99
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131251/Lot# 22674 $164.50
4/24/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7480 $305.50
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3467 $1,410.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30688 $1,292.50
8/23/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131535/Lot# 21092 $188.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437506712718324127833336640945050278315582335344755631328123146
13182841558714520225329634438042246759510411817270541528135165690
0000001452022532963443804224675951041181727054152813500
00000016422126531435539443648468912992076307648571070800
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 783
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 450
Owner: Michael Jones
 
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