1871 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3737
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
604,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 15 / 23 15 / 23
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 150
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.2
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-7.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 15 / 23
60 or Better 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 12 / 23 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 15 / 23
60 or Better 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 12 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1871, the mintage of the Three-Cent Nickel dropped below 1 million coins for the first time, to a total of 604,000. Despite the drop in mintage, the 1871 remains a relatively common coin. In circulkated grades, the 1871 is priced similarly to all dates between 1865 and 1875; in Mint State, it commands a small premium.

The 1871 Three-Cent Nickel can be found without too much difficulty in MS-63 to MS-65 condition. In MS-66, this date becomes quite scarce, and only one example has been graded MS67 by PCGS.

This date usually comes with a good strike and the luster is most likely to be frosty rather than prooflike.