Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1885 3CN MS obverse 1885 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of the three-cent piece for circulation reached its nadir in 1885, a date for which all USA minor coins are either rare or, at least, more scarce than usual for their respective denominations. The three-cent piece leads the pack as being seldom seen except as a proof.

Since this series has traditionally been more popular in proof finish than as Mint State coins, the values for the rare business strikes are not nearly as high as they would be in the absence of proofs. The few certified MS 1885 coins found seem to be in higher grades than are typical for the common, early dates.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1885 3CN MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 444 506 558 760 870 870 960 1020 1110 1260 1380 1470 1830 2440 6190 14380 23400 30550 - - -
$ 960 1060 1120 1220 1390 1520 1620 2010 2680 6700 15500 25300 33000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 35
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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5/5/1997 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0942, 942/Lot# 1145 $463.25
9/21/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 1326 $17,250.00
12/8/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(1), 1162/Lot# 3215 $2,530.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3077 $20,700.00
2/22/2013 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1226 $2,585.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2030 $8,775.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 70 $1,250.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3526 $21,150.00
1/8/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8391 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48760273789310731081112711731226126113121345136314101450168324013238429067531677527436
52564778995310751096114211901237127813231351137814231527192226803588511110093203280
00000011421190123712781323135113781423152719222680358851111009300
00000011571208124912951334135713941436160521612959393959321343400
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