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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1888 3CN MS
Base $ 45.00 52.00 58.00 75.00 120 165 190 210 245 285 320 430 525 750 1300 2450 19500 - -
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Total Graded: 302
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/31/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 451 $207.00
5/13/2007 PCGS MS 60   Teletrade Auction 2366, 2366/Lot# 1167 $291.20
11/29/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 7721 $587.50
3/31/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131315/Lot# 22768 $158.63
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 159614 $247.50
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5421 $105.75
11/16/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1018 $1,325.00

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