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1876 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
3744
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
162,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 9 / 23 TIE 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 7 / 23 7 / 23
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 5 / 23 5 / 23
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,500
60 or Better 300
65 or Better 75
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-6.4
65 or Better R-8.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 23
65 or Better 5 / 23
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 23
65 or Better 5 / 23

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30131

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30131

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1876 Three-Cent Nickel set a new record low for the series, with only 162,000 example struck for circulation and approximately 1,150 Proof struck for sale to collectors. The low mintage adds a small premium to the date compared to the preceding issues.

In general, this date comes well struck and the luster is usually frosty. In keeping with previous dates, the usual grade is MS64, with a healthy population of MS65s available for quality-minded collectors. At the top of the condition ladder are 4 MS66s.