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SERIES: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1870 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3736
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,335,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$6,900 • NGC MS67 • 6-2-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 8,000 R-3.4 18 / 23 18 / 23
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 16 / 23 TIE 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
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Ron Guth: The 1870 Three-Cent Nickel mimics the 1869, as both have similar mintages and nearly identical populations and grade distributions among the coins graded by PCGS.  The most frequently-seen grade is MS-64, just slightly ahead of MS-63.  The finest examples are fifteen at the MS66 level.

Clashmarks are less frequent on this date than they are on the 1869, but the strike is equally as nice.  Collectors should attempt to find examples that show as many of the vertical lines as possible on the reverse.