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

1874 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3742
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
790,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$12,219 • PCGS MS67 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
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Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 13 / 23 TIE 13 / 23 TIE
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 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1874 Three-Cent Nickel is a common coin in all grades, up to and including MS-64.  Gem examples are scarce, and in MS-66 the 1874 Three-Cent Nicklel becomes rare.  The finest example certified by PCGS as of January 2012 is a single PCGS MS67.

Most 1874 Three-Cent Nickels are struck weakly on the far left I of the denomination, and many are weak on the central I, as well.  A fully struck example is very scarce and should command a nice premium.