Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,290
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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1886 3CN PF obverse 1886 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1886 the U. S. Mint dropped the pretense that additional three-cent pieces were needed for circulation, and only proofs were coined with this date. Sales spiked, likely in response to the lack of currency pieces, so this date is fairly common as proofs go. Only those having cameo contrast may be considered scarce.

Two minor repunched date varieties are mentioned here solely for the sake of completeness. There is no demand for proof varieties.

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Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1886 3CN PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 250 310 410 440 640 865 1365 6250 - -
$ - - - - - - - 350 435 485 650 910 - -
1886 3CN PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 435 440 535 650 2150 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2800 -
1886 3CN PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1080
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing F series, 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: 9/22/2020 1886 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---122-2-28-8206127034123444---995
------------------22--4
---------------1332---9
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Total---122-2-28-82061271344237482--1008
 ---0%0%0%-0%-0%1%-1%2%6%27%34%24%5%0%-- 
1886 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------182236162--85
------------------1---1
----------------142---7
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Total--------------182340192--93
 --------------1%9%25%43%20%2%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19425132040650762769776481584789492593895497499712131586221237691214121695
21327434843954765071978182586290492994396098110691337179427316559153250
0000007197818258629049299439609811069133717942731655900
0000007417988368789149339489679891141146120033250935000
1886 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30438648259773188898010661131117312331271128613091333136316342097286047191584728273
33141852064178391810081087114511931245127612931317134314531788235134798428199890
0000001008108711451193124512761293131713431453178823513479842800
00000010371109115912131258128113011325135315431942260540991213700
1886 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base131175227292369463519575615642680705715729745764941125217813122969017340
1451922483174004815375886246546887087197347518231044142822285311122400
000000537588624654688708719734751823104414282228531100
000000556601633667696711724739757882114816042675750000
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 2731
Owner: McLaughlin
 
Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 2212
Owner: mania
 
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