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1870 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3736
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
1,335,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 8,000 R-3.4 18 / 23 18 / 23
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 16 / 23 TIE 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8,000
60 or Better 750
65 or Better 200
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.4
60 or Better R-5.5
65 or Better R-7.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 18 / 23
60 or Better 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 18 / 23
60 or Better 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1870 Three-Cent Nickel mimics the 1869, as both have similar mintages and nearly identical populations and grade distributions among the coins graded by PCGS. The most frequently-seen grade is MS-64, just slightly ahead of MS-63. The finest examples are fifteen at the MS66 level.

Clashmarks are less frequent on this date than they are on the 1869, but the strike is equally as nice. Collectors should attempt to find examples that show as many of the vertical lines as possible on the reverse.