1872 3CN MS66

PCGS#: 3738

Owner's Comments


Expert Comments

Ron Guth: By 1872, demand for Three-Cent Nickels waned, and mintages began to decline -- first by dropping below a million coins, and ultimately falling to a mere 1,000 coins in 1885.  Nonetheless, the mintage of the 1872 remained large enough that sufficient numbers of high-grade examples exist to satisfy the demand from collectors today.  As with preceding dates, the typical Mint State grade for the 1872 ranges from MS63 to MS65.  Though the PCGS Condition Census is laden with MS66's. PCGS has not yet certified an MS67 example of this date.

In general, this date comes well-struck, but light clashmarks begin to shop up more frequently.  Collectors should look for examples that show little or no clashing, and nearly full vertical lines on the reverse.


Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 862,000 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 5,000 R-4.0 16 / 23 16 / 23
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 9 / 23 TIE 9 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 6 / 23 TIE 6 / 23 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade