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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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: 6/18/2013

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1889 3CN MS
Base $ 77.05 98.40 110 138 174 174 210 216 240 276 300 330 372 420 530 780 1530 3480 - - -
$ 195 230 240 260 300 330 360 410 465 580 860 1680 3800 -

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Total Graded: 233
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/25/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1549 $391.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 232 $287.50
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 790 $1,035.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 1987 $3,220.00
11/9/2008 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2609, 2609/Lot# 1263 $414.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3019 $805.00
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7544 $253.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202185 $300.00

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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