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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1888 3CN MS
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Base $ 43.70 50.40 56.40 66.00 102 102 150 168 180 204 240 270 288 375 490 690 1250 2630 17550 - -
$ 114 168 188 202 220 260 300 320 410 540 760 1380 2800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 304
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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2/25/2004 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1849, 1849/Lot# 1076 $577.50
5/31/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 451 $207.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4279 $317.25
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 277 $130.00
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 159614 $247.50
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7243 $411.25
11/2/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131445/Lot# 24349 $111.63


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