Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,125
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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1889 3CN MS obverse 1889 3CN MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The final year of three-cent production witnessed a modest mintage, of which many may have been melted without ever leaving the mint. This denomination was officially terminated September 25, 1890, the gold dollar and three-dollar piece being rendered obsolete by the same legislation.

The typical 1889 three-cent piece is well struck, though the example illustrated has some characteristic softness in the denticles and the lowest curls of Liberty's hair. Luster ranges from semi-prooflike to frostiness of fine grain.

A repunched date variety is known affecting numerals 89, but this had drawn little interest given the overall scarcity of this date.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2015

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1889 3CN MS
Base $ 85.00 105 125 150 215 245 265 290 315 365 400 445 585 825 1550 3750 - - -
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Total Graded: 241
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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8/7/1998 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 6117 $3,450.00
6/21/2006 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2222, 2222/Lot# 1075 $212.80
9/10/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 66 $518.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3019 $805.00
7/17/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131130/Lot# 22067 $253.00
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 97   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 782 $80.00
7/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22076 $205.63
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 208699 $211.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3517 $1,645.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 3CN MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1707
Owner: Conly Rieder
Grade: MS 62
Points: 793
Owner: CBC
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