Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 604,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1871 3CN MS obverse 1871 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of this coin plunged in 1871, due to Congressional action that permitted the Treasury to reissue those minor coins turned in for redemption that were considered still fit for circulation. This meant that only the coins lost, mutilated or excessively worn needed to be replaced with newly struck ones.

The 1871 three-cent piece is thus more scarce than earlier issues, though catalog prices don't necessarily reflect this fact. The relatively high availability of proof examples for all later dates in this series has had the effect of capping prices for currency pieces.

The only variety reported for 1871 is a fairly distinct doubled-die obverse affecting the entire legend.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1871 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 16.50 20.00 24.00 30.00 45.00 75.00 85.00 95.00 105 170 190 230 350 915 1700 12500 - - -
$ 52.00 - - - 115 - 210 255 425 1025 2900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 243
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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5/24/2009 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 388 $603.75
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9318 $632.50
10/27/2011 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 631, 638/Lot# 5085 $713.00
10/24/2012 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3370, 3370/Lot# 1236 $55.00
5/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 113163 $288.77
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20086 $176.25
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30130 $1,116.25
5/31/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24148 $40.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437507613118324127833336640945050264213031969291047931131019611
1318284158941482022532963443804224675488621525228235376965140770
000000148202253296344380422467548862152522823537696500
0000001652212653143553944364845951082174725964165913700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 502
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 450
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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