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

1872 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3738
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
862,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$7,619 • PCGS MS66 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 16 / 23 16 / 23
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 9 / 23 TIE 9 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 6 / 23 TIE 6 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
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  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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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  

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.