Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,290
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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1886 3CN PF obverse 1886 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1886 the U. S. Mint dropped the pretense that additional three-cent pieces were needed for circulation, and only proofs were coined with this date. Sales spiked, likely in response to the lack of currency pieces, so this date is fairly common as proofs go. Only those having cameo contrast may be considered scarce.

Two minor repunched date varieties are mentioned here solely for the sake of completeness. There is no demand for proof varieties.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1886 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 288 318 348 405 455 575 810 1370 6920 - -
$ - - - - - 320 350 380 450 500 630 890 1510 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1027
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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9/6/2014 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7217


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1/25/2004 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1534 $690.00
2/27/2006 NGC PF 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 76, 81/Lot# 156 $1,265.00
11/20/2007 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2452, 2452/Lot# 1010 $868.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1233 $321.00
8/11/2010 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4080 $1,150.00
3/10/2013 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131312/Lot# 26044 $587.50
4/20/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 189001 $463.10
6/23/2014 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20103 $493.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131175227292369463519575615642680705715729745764941125217813122969017340
1451922483174004815375886246546887087197347518231044142822285311122400
000000537588624654688708719734751823104414282228531100
000000556601633667696711724739757882114816042675750000
1886 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19425132040650762769776481584789492593895497499712131586221237691214121695
21327434843954765071978182586290492994396098110691337179427316559153250
0000007197818258629049299439609811069133717942731655900
0000007417988368789149339489679891141146120033250935000
1886 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30438648259773188898010661131117312331271128613091333136316342097286047191584728273
33141852064178391810081087114511931245127612931317134314531788235134798428199890
0000001008108711451193124512761293131713431453178823513479842800
00000010371109115912131258128113011325135315431942260540991213700
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 2731
Owner: McLaughlin
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 1781
Owner: Green Collection
 
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