Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,436
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94 grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 3CN PF obverse 1889 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The final entry in this series is another common date that was widely hoarded. Among the persons known to have had considerable numbers of these late 1880s proofs was famed collector/hoarder Virgil Brand. He was never a figure to buy just one of something when 100 could be had in a single purchase. The year 1889 marked his entry into coin collecting, and he had a voracious appetite for coins over the next 30+ years.

Though moderately scarce with cameo contrast, the 1889 proof three-cent piece is otherwise common in grades up through PF 66. While varieties of proof coins are usually of little interest, one obverse die of this date features repunching that is sufficiently distinctive to warrant recognition by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1889 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 186 192 228 276 345 410 575 760 1240 9750 - -
$ - - - - 208 215 250 300 380 460 630 840 1360 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1063
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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11/16/2000 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara Sale #242, 242/Lot# 6771 $1,725.00
2/24/2003 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 219 $345.00
12/12/2004 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1973, 1973/Lot# 1307 $467.50
2/23/2005 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 5771 $373.75
9/19/2005 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1570 $891.25
6/17/2010 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1533 $718.75
12/5/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7273 $470.00
3/2/2014 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 144810 $577.50
3/23/2014 PCGS PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 1071 $220.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94123163216278354401445477500529551586653715764941125217813122960717249
1031361802363033694154554845095365626086737318231044142822285283121540
000000415455484509536562608673731823104414282228528300
000000430466492519543574630694747882114816042675744500
1889 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12316321227535144249754958661364867477986093899712131586221237691204521602
13617923330038146051456159562465670980688695710691337179427316527152300
0000005145615956246567098068869571069133717942731652700
0000005315736046366657448339129771141146120033250928600
1889 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2272923694615727037818549089459941028108411901286136316342097286047191572828142
2483173994986157298058729209611005104611191222131114531788235134798388198660
000000805872920961100510461119122213111453178823513479838800
0000008298909329771016106511541254133715431942260540991205800
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 2212
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 1781
Owner: McLaughlin
 
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