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
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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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Last Updated: 5/6/2015

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1888 3CN MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 300
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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3/16/1998 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1032, 1032/Lot# 1188 $463.25
5/31/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 7797 $437.00
11/11/2003 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23113, 23113/Lot# 13120 $81.65
2/28/2005 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #367, 367/Lot# 378 $479.55
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1252 $1,006.25
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
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 277 $130.00
6/15/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 198158 $90.20


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