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1880 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3748
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
21,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 7 / 23 TIE 7 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 550 R-5.9 14 / 23 14 / 23
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 550
65 or Better 200
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-5.9
65 or Better R-7.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 23
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 23
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
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
#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
Ron Guth:

By 1880, production of the Three-Cent Nickel continued its precipitous decline to the point where the Mint struck only 21,000 examples in 1880 -- the lowest mintage since the type began in 1865. While some observers might attribute the decline in the mintges to a lack of demand for the Three-Cent Nickels, the return to a million-plus mintage in 1881 destroys that theory.

Despite its low mintage, the 1880 Three-Cent Nickel can be found in Mint State with relative ease. The finest examples certified by PCGS (as of December 2011) include nearly three-dozen PCGS MS-67s.