Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,790
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 PF obverse 1885 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date had the lowest mintage of coins for circulation, and this has put considerable pressure on the proofs as the only examples generally available. No more rare than other proofs of the 1880s, the 1885 issue will bring slightly higher prices. Cameo examples are scarce, but nice proofs in general are usually available.

A very minor repunched date variety is noted for 1885, but no one really cares about varieties when the date is a rarity overall.

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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1885 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 230 255 325 375 440 600 750 1680 6900 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 410 490 685 925 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1028
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1885 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----111--410-83579283314151261--914
----------------142---7
---------------1521---9
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Total----111--410-83579284320157291--930
 ----0%0%0%--0%1%-1%4%8%31%34%17%3%0%-- 
1885 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------320314315---112
-----------------112--4
-----------------4----4
----------------1-----1
Total--------------3203248162--121
 --------------2%17%26%40%13%2%-- 
1885 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1--1---2
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Total---------------1--1---2
 ---------------50%--50%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2202823604505606887648378899259751008101610331044106613361737240440531315923515
2403083904866027137888549019419861010102110361051115614691959295370881661124691
00000078885490194198610101021103610511156146919592953708800
000000812871913958997101310271040105812461603218135031012300
1885 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base342429534659802969106711601229127413371379138714061421145017882281309250541708630484
3714645757068571001109811831244129513511381139314111430156219522551374690642155232008
0000001098118312441295135113811393141114301562195225513746906400
00000011291206125913161365138413991416144016752116282144001307500
1885 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15119825532741251557563367670574777477979380282010441379194533691055418886
16621727935544653559464768571975677578379680889411551567241957641333119830
000000594647685719756775783796808894115515672419576400
000000613661695733765777788799814969126717562894815900
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 1737
Owner: Robert Clarence CRAMER
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1379
Owner: ronjuan18
 
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