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

1880 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3748
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
21,000
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)
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All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 7 / 23 TIE 7 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 550 R-5.9 14 / 23 14 / 23
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
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Ron Guth: By 1880, production of the Three-Cent Nickel continued its precipitous decline to the point where the Mint struck only 21,000 examples in 1880 -- the lowest mintage since the type began in 1865.  While some observers might attribute the decline in the mintges to a lack of demand for the Three-Cent Nickels, the return to a million-plus mintage in 1881 destroys that theory.

Despite its low mintage, the 1880 Three-Cent Nickel can be found in Mint State with relative ease.  The finest examples certified by PCGS (as of December 2011) include nearly three-dozen PCGS MS-67s.