Description and Analysis

Nickel Three Cents
1878 3CN PF

Description & Analysis

There was no currency demand for additional three-cent pieces in 1878, so this date was coined solely as proofs. For the first time the U. S. Mint maintained complete records that included minor proof sets, and the total of 2,350 proof 1878 three-cent pieces is probably a good guide as to how many were sold in the years immediately preceding.

These coins were better made than the proofs of earlier in the decade, and gems are not particularly rare. As a proof-only date, examples were more carefully handled and preserved. Cameo pieces form a minority of the total population but exist in sufficient numbers to be collectable.