1879 3CN MS67

CERTIFICATION#: 21765642
PCGS#: 3747

Owner's Comments

Scher

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: No Three-Cent Nickels were made for circulation in 1877 and 1878, thus this was the first such coin since 1876.  Demand must have been low, because the Mint struck only 38,000 examples for circulation, plus 3,200 Proofs for sale to collectors.

Despite the low mintage, collectors should have no trouble finding an 1879 Three-Cent Nickel in grades up to, and including, MS66.  In MS67, fewer than 10 have been certified by PCGS, and none have been graded finer.

This date is generally known for being well struck, and it is seldom found with clashed dies.  The low mintage makes it a very poipular date.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 38,000 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 750 R-5.5 5 / 23 TIE 5 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 8 / 23 8 / 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