Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,125
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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1889 3CN MS obverse 1889 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The final year of three-cent production witnessed a modest mintage, of which many may have been melted without ever leaving the mint. This denomination was officially terminated September 25, 1890, the gold dollar and three-dollar piece being rendered obsolete by the same legislation.

The typical 1889 three-cent piece is well struck, though the example illustrated has some characteristic softness in the denticles and the lowest curls of Liberty's hair. Luster ranges from semi-prooflike to frostiness of fine grain.

A repunched date variety is known affecting numerals 89, but this had drawn little interest given the overall scarcity of this date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1889 3CN MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 77.05 98.40 110 138 174 174 210 216 240 276 300 330 372 420 530 780 1530 3480 - - -
$ 195 230 240 260 300 330 360 410 465 580 860 1680 3800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 226
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/31/2001 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 7798 $316.25
2/10/2011 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 557, 564/Lot# 7094 $379.50
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 826 $312.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1094 $632.50
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24304 $236.18
3/25/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3423, 3423/Lot# 1182 $200.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202185 $300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102139183237304320336351456519609663705793874103613032009300949351167019575
11415320125930932534138647754962767773482092811251538234236517180143050
0000003413864775496276777348209281125153823423651718000
0000003464214985796456917638479821214177326754293942500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1707
Owner: Conly Rieder
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 793
Owner: CBC
 
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