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1878 THREE CENTS

PCGS No: 3774, 83774, 93774

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: 
2,350

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

Notes:
The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-67's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

Recent appearances:
ICG Proof-67.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 270, illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 271, illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6002, not plated, sold for $805.00

Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 88, illustrated, sold for $805.00  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 272, illustrated, sold for $690.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6001, not plated, sold for $603.75

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7814, not illustrated, not sold

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 272, plated, sold for $891.25

Brilliant Proof 65 - Superb! Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4199, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1491

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1492

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1493

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1494

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1332, sold for $632.50

Brilliant Proof 64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4200, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1333, sold for $437.00

Very Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 273, not plated, sold for$517.50 Boasting exceptionally clear, deeply reflective mirror fields 

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1334, sold for $483.00

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