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: 224
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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6/2/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5389 $5,635.00
2/14/2007 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 2465 $3,220.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1107 $546.25
2/15/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3019 $805.00
7/17/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131130/Lot# 22067 $253.00
4/8/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 1391 $170.00
6/3/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131224/Lot# 24877 $276.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 77 $1,423.00
9/29/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131341/Lot# 24854 $152.75


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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