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1872 THREE CENTS - NICKEL

PCGS Nos: 3738, 3768

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 862,000
Proofs: 
estimated 950+

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: ±17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Nickel - 25%
Copper - 75%

Weight: ±30 grains (±1.9 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at the Philadelphia, PA Mint)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 268, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's. 

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 12 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-66's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-65's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof 65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4196, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1467

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1468

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1469

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1470 

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 81, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6742, illustrated, sold for $276.00 

PCI MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1476, not illustrated, sold for $632.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service