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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10/29/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2279, 2279/Lot# 1238 $1,064.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1235 $368.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7542 $575.00
4/24/2013 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1401 $1,954.03
11/15/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34037 $164.50
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 277 $130.00
5/25/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22127 $91.65
7/20/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207658 $2,382.60
9/14/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131438/Lot# 27748 $188.00


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