Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
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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1885 3CN MS obverse 1885 3CN MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Production of the three-cent piece for circulation reached its nadir in 1885, a date for which all USA minor coins are either rare or, at least, more scarce than usual for their respective denominations. The three-cent piece leads the pack as being seldom seen except as a proof.

Since this series has traditionally been more popular in proof finish than as Mint State coins, the values for the rare business strikes are not nearly as high as they would be in the absence of proofs. The few certified MS 1885 coins found seem to be in higher grades than are typical for the common, early dates.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2015

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1885 3CN MS
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Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/22/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0808, 808/Lot# 265 $490.50
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 432 $14,950.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7047 $11,500.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2030 $8,775.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 70 $1,250.00
2/3/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5037 $4,993.75
3/28/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5152 $1,645.00
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3232 $3,055.00
9/14/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 216211 $1,300.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 3CN MS
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