Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1885 3CN MS obverse 1885 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of the three-cent piece for circulation reached its nadir in 1885, a date for which all USA minor coins are either rare or, at least, more scarce than usual for their respective denominations. The three-cent piece leads the pack as being seldom seen except as a proof.

Since this series has traditionally been more popular in proof finish than as Mint State coins, the values for the rare business strikes are not nearly as high as they would be in the absence of proofs. The few certified MS 1885 coins found seem to be in higher grades than are typical for the common, early dates.

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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1885 3CN MS
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Base $ 625 700 800 1900 2600 3000 3400 3700 4000 4200 4500 5700 6850 8750 17000 25000 37500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 11300 - 27500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1885 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1143111---12756----33
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Total---1143111---12766----34
 ---3%3%12%9%3%3%3%---3%6%21%18%18%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48760273789310731081112711731226126113121345136314101450168324013238429067531677527436
525647789953107510961142119012371278132313511378142315271922268035885111100932032828808
00000011421190123712781323135113781423152719222680358851111009300
00000011571208124912951334135713941436160521612959393959321343400
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