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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Price Guide

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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5/4/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 5773 $2,702.50
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1252 $1,006.25
12/10/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 202, 208/Lot# 144 $373.75
4/16/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 315 $921.15
8/20/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3332, 3332/Lot# 1247 $95.00
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
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 159614 $247.50


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