Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,001
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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1887 3CN MS obverse 1887 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In a classic example of governmental inertia, the three-cent piece continued to be coined through 1889 until it was finally abolished by law in September of 1890.

The 1887 edition was typical of later dates in having a very small mintage that clearly served no role in commerce. Precious few of the 5,001 pieces struck for circulation have survived, and a disproportionate percentage of these are Mint State.

The specimen illustrated reveals one of the problems that often plagued this denomination: The dies clashed severely, leaving deep impressions of one another that were only partially effaced by aggressive buffing of the die.

There is a very minor overdate variety for the currency strikes, and this is not to be confused with the common but much more obvious proof overdate. The former is so slight that the numismatic community has largely overlooked it.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/7/2019

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1887 3CN MS
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Base $ 310 345 390 600 600 650 675 715 730 745 765 785 875 1280 1850 2800 19000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 2300 5200 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 119
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VG series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1887 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2213884458-321025223----119
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Total--2213884458-321025223----119
 --2 %2 %11 %7 %7 %3 %3 %4 %7 %-3 %2 %8 %21 %18 %3 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2486 $960.00
9/25/2011 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3143, 3143/Lot# 1265 $700.00
3/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 40902 $704.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1191/Lot# 3183 $1,527.50
4/6/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 988 $820.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1303 $1,762.50
8/30/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131536/Lot# 23312 $1,703.75
8/20/2017 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131735/Lot# 29109 $528.00


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