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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1886 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 250 310 410 440 600 810 1350 6250 - -
$ - - - - - - - 350 435 485 650 910 - -
1886 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 435 440 535 650 2150 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2800 -
1886 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1071
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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: 9/10/2019 1886 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---122-2-28-8205826934223539---988
------------------22--4
---------------1321---7
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Total---122-2-28-82058270345237422--999
 ---0 %0 %0 %-0 %-0 %1 %-1 %2 %6 %27 %35 %24 %4 %0 %-- 
1886 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------18223616---83
------------------1---1
----------------143---8
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Total--------------18234020---92
 --------------1 %9 %25 %43 %22 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/10/2003 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1777, 1777/Lot# 1023 $605.00
1/9/2006 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL FUN Online Session #395, 395/Lot# 25386 $488.75
9/23/2007 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1155 $488.75
12/17/2007 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 204, 210/Lot# 98 $546.25
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1233 $321.00
11/6/2011 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/06/2011, 143/Lot# 23004 $687.52
11/7/2011 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7373 $690.00
3/28/2014 PCGS PF 67   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5154 $881.25
10/10/2014 PCGS Genuine Proof AU   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14555 $236.18


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19425132040650762769776481584789492593895497499712131586221237691214121695
21327434843954765071978182586290492994396098110691337179427316559153250
0000007197818258629049299439609811069133717942731655900
0000007417988368789149339489679891141146120033250935000
1886 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 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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