1872 3CN MS62 Certification #05413356, PCGS #3738

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

By 1872, demand for Three-Cent Nickels waned, and mintages began to decline -- first by dropping below a million coins, and ultimately falling to a mere 1,000 coins in 1885.  Nonetheless, the mintage of the 1872 remained large enough that sufficient numbers of high-grade examples exist to satisfy the demand from collectors today.  As with preceding dates, the typical Mint State grade for the 1872 ranges from MS63 to MS65.  Though the PCGS Condition Census is laden with MS66's. PCGS has not yet certified an MS67 example of this date.

In general, this date comes well-struck, but light clashmarks begin to shop up more frequently.  Collectors should look for examples that show little or no clashing, and nearly full vertical lines on the reverse.

 

PCGS #
3738
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
1.94 grams
Mintage
862000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
195
Pop Lower
126
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 5000 R-4.0 16 / 23 16 / 23
All Grades 400 R-6.2 9 / 23 TIE 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 6 / 23 TIE 6 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 5000
All Grades 400
60 or Better 100
65 or Better R-4.0
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better 16 / 23
All Grades 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 23
All Grades 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 23 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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