Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1880 3CN MS obverse 1880 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Just a token emission of three-cent pieces was produced this year, and it's doubtful that any of these coins were made in response to actual demand. By 1880 Americans were finding that they could manage quite well with the cent and nickel as their minor coins.

Most 1880 three-cent pieces known today are Mint State or very close to it. They are generally well struck and faintly prooflike. Circulated examples are quite rare, gems disproportionately available in relation to overall numbers.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1880 3CN MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 201
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/2/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Bullet Sale #132, 132/Lot# 81 $467.50
7/12/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July, West Palm Beach, FL) Signature Coin Auction #442, 442/Lot# 258 $1,150.00
10/7/2007 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2432, 2432/Lot# 1175 $235.20
1/5/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 318, 324/Lot# 218 $718.75
9/2/2012 NGC AU 50   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 857 $219.00
3/30/2014 PCGS Genuine F   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 180436 $46.00
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7386 $534.63
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4132 $1,292.50


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