1880 3CN MS67

CERTIFICATION#: 21765644
PCGS#: 3748

Owner's Comments

Scher

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: By 1880, production of the Three-Cent Nickel continued its precipitous decline to the point where the Mint struck only 21,000 examples in 1880 -- the lowest mintage since the type began in 1865.  While some observers might attribute the decline in the mintges to a lack of demand for the Three-Cent Nickels, the return to a million-plus mintage in 1881 destroys that theory.

Despite its low mintage, the 1880 Three-Cent Nickel can be found in Mint State with relative ease.  The finest examples certified by PCGS (as of December 2011) include nearly three-dozen PCGS MS-67s.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 21,000 Weight: 1.94 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 7 / 23 TIE 7 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 550 R-5.9 14 / 23 14 / 23
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade