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

1876 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3744
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
162,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$6,900 • PCGS MS66 • 6-2-2005 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 9 / 23 TIE 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 7 / 23 7 / 23
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 5 / 23 5 / 23
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30131

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30131

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1876 Three-Cent Nickel set a new record low for the series, with only 162,000 example struck for circulation and approximately 1,150 Proof struck for sale to collectors.  The low mintage adds a small premium to the date compared to the preceding issues. 

In general, this date comes well struck and the luster is usually frosty.  In keeping with previous dates, the usual grade is MS64, with a healthy population of MS65s available for quality-minded collectors.  At the top of the condition ladder are 4 MS66s.