Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,942
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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1884 3CN PF obverse 1884 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The high sales of proof minor coins during the 1880s certainly reflected in part the booming state of the coin hobby at that time, but it's also possible that some of this was speculative in nature. The very low mintages of currency pieces (less than half the number of proofs) could have attracted some attention at the time.

This date is plentiful in grades up through PF 66, with a smattering of worn examples that were spent for one reason or another. Cameo pieces are moderately scarce but available to the serious collector. The coin illustrated reveals the mediocre obverse strike so prevalent in proofs of the 1880s.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1884 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 234 252 270 288 336 415 460 575 830 1300 6050 - -
$ - - - 260 280 300 320 370 460 510 630 910 1430 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1140
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/19/2003 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1794, 1794/Lot# 1026 $660.00
1/7/2004 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 5122 $1,035.00
10/25/2004 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #17, 21/Lot# 100 $661.25
2/10/2008 NGC PF 67   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1885 $1,150.00
5/27/2009 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 7270 $345.00
5/30/2010 PCGS PF 64   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1232 $380.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1078 $705.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7331 $705.00
3/2/2014 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 144800 $578.72


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123163212275351442497549586613648674684705725764990125217813122971517399
1361792333003814605145615956246566776917117388391077142822285319122760
000000514561595624656677691711738839107714282228531900
000000531573604636665680698718751914116416042675751700
1884 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18323730438648459766773378181385888890092594999712711586221237691217021764
20125933141852162068974979182886889290893396510881376179427316569153680
0000006897497918288688929089339651088137617942731656900
0000007117658028438788969169419811179148120033250936900
1884 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28836645857069984994010241087112711851222123912711303136317072097286047191588328358
3143964956137498799681045110011461197122712491281132314771837235134798440200410
000000968104511001146119712271249128113231477183723513479844000
0000009961066111311651209123312601292134315921967260540991216100
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 3250
Owner: dsgill
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 2212
Owner: McLaughlin
 
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