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1880 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3748, 3776

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 21,000
Proofs: 
3,955

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)

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 29 MS-67's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 30 PR-67's.

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

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-67.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 273, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

NGC Proof-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 194, illustrated, sold for $920.00

Auction appearances:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 274, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 275, illustrated, sold for $718.75

NGC Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 195, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

 PCGS Proof-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6005, not plated, sold for $690.00

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1499

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1338, sold for $368.00

ANACS Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1339, sold for $431.25

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7820, not illustrated, sold for $552.00

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7821, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1500

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1501

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1502

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6004, not plated, sold for $437.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6212, not plated, sold for $506.00   From the Alex Highland Collection

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 277, not plated, sold for $373.75 

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 278, not plated, sold for $373.75

Proof-64.   Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 90, not illustrated, sold for $253.00  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 210, sold for $253.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 236, not plated, sold for $402.50

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 279, not plated, sold for $373.75

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7793, not illustrated, sold for $862.50  From the Fred Firestone Collection

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