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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1885 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 230 255 310 375 440 600 750 1680 6900 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 410 490 685 925 - -
1885 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 330 390 535 650 2125 15100 - -
1885 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5625 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1024
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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: 9/17/2019 1885 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----111--48-8357928231715426---916
----------------141---6
---------------1421---8
-----------------------
Total----111--48-8357928332216028---930
 ----0 %0 %0 %--0 %1 %-1 %4 %8 %30 %35 %17 %3 %--- 
1885 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------319304014---106
-----------------112--4
-----------------21---3
----------------1-----1
Total--------------3193143162--114
 --------------3 %17 %27 %38 %14 %2 %-- 
1885 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1--1---2
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total---------------1--1---2
 ---------------50 %--50 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/13/2006 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 113, 118/Lot# 253 $437.00
2/11/2007 NGC PF 67   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1101 $1,035.00
7/30/2008 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 7635 $747.50
6/17/2009 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2707, 2707/Lot# 1205 $862.50
5/30/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2277 $920.00
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1201/Lot# 3743 $1,292.50
6/29/2014 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 201186 $585.00
1/31/2016 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131606/Lot# 23157 $352.50
10/3/2016 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7135 $822.50
4/4/2017 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 17280 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2202823604505606887648378899259751008101610331044106613361737240440531315923515
240308390486602713788854901941986101010211036105111561469195929537088166110
00000078885490194198610101021103610511156146919592953708800
000000812871913958997101310271040105812461603218135031012300
1885 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base342429534659802969106711601229127413371379138714061421145017882281309250541708630484
371464575706857100110981183124412951351138113931411143015621952255137469064215520
0000001098118312441295135113811393141114301562195225513746906400
00000011291206125913161365138413991416144016752116282144001307500
1885 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15119825532741251557563367670574777477979380282010441379194533691055418886
1662172793554465355946476857197567757837968088941155156724195764133310
000000594647685719756775783796808894115515672419576400
000000613661695733765777788799814969126717562894815900
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1379
Owner: ronjuan18
 
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