1879 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3747
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
38,000
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 750
60 or Better 350
65 or Better 200
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.5
60 or Better R-6.3
65 or Better R-7.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 23
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 5 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 23
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:3200, $4,112.50 - David Lawrence 5/2014:546, $4,700

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:3200, $4,112.50 - David Lawrence 5/2014:546, $4,700

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
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.