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

1879 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3747
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
38,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$7,619 • PCGS MS67 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 750 R-5.5 5 / 23 TIE 5 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 8 / 23 8 / 23
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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10 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: No Three-Cent Nickels were made for circulation in 1877 and 1878, thus this was the first such coin since 1876.  Demand must have been low, because the Mint struck only 38,000 examples for circulation, plus 3,200 Proofs for sale to collectors.

Despite the low mintage, collectors should have no trouble finding an 1879 Three-Cent Nickel in grades up to, and including, MS66.  In MS67, fewer than 10 have been certified by PCGS, and none have been graded finer.

This date is generally known for being well struck, and it is seldom found with clashed dies.  The low mintage makes it a very poipular date.