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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/12/2019

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1885 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 625 700 800 1900 2750 3250 3500 3750 4000 4250 4500 5700 6880 8750 17000 25000 37500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 11300 - 27500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 34
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1885 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1143111---11956----34
----------------1-----1
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Total---1143111---11966----35
 ---3 %3 %11 %9 %3 %3 %3 %---3 %3 %26 %17 %17 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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7/9/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 188 $16,991.25
12/22/2010 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2983, 2983/Lot# 1295 $2,817.50
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2030 $8,775.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 70 $1,250.00
3/28/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5152 $1,645.00
8/31/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216071 $2,400.00
9/14/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 216211 $1,300.00
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3158 $8,225.00
10/31/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1241/Lot# 3776 $3,407.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48760273789310731081112711731226126113121345136314101450168324013238429067531677527436
52564778995310751096114211901237127813231351137814231527192226803588511110093203280
00000011421190123712781323135113781423152719222680358851111009300
00000011571208124912951334135713941436160521612959393959321343400
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