Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,501
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 3CN MS obverse 1888 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Why the mintage of this coin type rose in 1888 is a mystery, but the number made was still too small to have much impact in circulation. Indeed, the majority of survivors are Mint State or nearly so. A significant number of very high grade pieces are known, which suggests that collectors of the time set these pieces aside with knowledge that the series was to be discontinued.

Most 1888 three-cent pieces were well made, with good luster and only a touch of weakness on Liberty's lower curls.

A couple of repunched date varieties are known, but these are too minor to warrant interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1888 3CN MS
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Base $ 43.70 50.40 56.40 66.00 102 102 150 168 180 204 240 270 288 375 490 690 1250 2630 17550 - -
$ 114 168 188 202 220 260 300 320 410 540 760 1380 2800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 293
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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5/9/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 1399 $1,495.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1235 $368.00
8/21/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 3122, 3122/Lot# 1202 $149.50
5/27/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131223/Lot# 23014 $104.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1091 $2,127.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1402 $2,115.00
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 277 $130.00
3/16/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 177585 $77.86


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