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

1871 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3737
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
604,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$12,219 • PCGS MS67 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 15 / 23 15 / 23
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1871, the mintage of the Three-Cent Nickel dropped below 1 million coins for the first time, to a total of 604,000.  Despite the drop in mintage, the 1871 remains a relatively common coin.  In circulkated grades, the 1871 is priced similarly to all dates between 1865 and 1875; in Mint State, it commands a small premium.

The 1871 Three-Cent Nickel can be found without too much difficulty in MS-63 to MS-65 condition.  In MS-66, this date becomes quite scarce, and only one example has been graded MS67 by PCGS.

This date usually comes with a good strike and the luster is most likely to be frosty rather than prooflike.