Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,960
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 PF obverse 1887 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The non-overdated variety forms a minority of the 1887 three-cent proofs. Walter Breen noted that these were the first examples coined, as they were formerly found among the complete proof sets of that year, nearly all of which have since been broken up into certified singles. This issue is also notably more rare than the overdate, though the popularity of the latter has nearly evened-out their values.

Gems are very scarce, cameo pieces almost non-collectable.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1887 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 225 250 260 440 525 885 1530 4100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 480 580 1100 - - -
1887 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 455 585 780 1250 5000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 364
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1887 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1---112364515699365---355
----------------1-----1
----------------2-----2
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Total-----1---1123645156102365---358
 -----0 %---0 %0 %1 %1 %2 %13 %44 %28 %10 %1 %--- 
1887 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------441----9
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Total---------------441----9
 ---------------44 %44 %11 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/7/2003 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5525 $1,092.50
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1537 $891.25
1/17/2005 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 477 $747.50
5/16/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 139 $414.00
5/27/2012 NGC PF 63   Teletrade Auction 3283, 3283/Lot# 1233 $368.00
11/10/2013 PCGS PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148636 $678.13
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30701 $499.38
4/27/2016 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7352 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base183237304386484597667733781813858888905925949104418862399323952661659929899
20125933141852162068974979182886889391193398013242057267939149043210320
0000006897497918288688939119339801324205726793914904300
000000711765802843878899918941101216052228295945901282100
1887 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28836645857069984994010241087112711851222124612711303142124643086409159242065037090
31439649561374987996810451100114611971230125412811342176826713421470210832261300
0000009681045110011461197123012541281134217682671342147021083200
0000009961066111311651209123812621292138121162878375653131574100
1887 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12316321227535144249754958661364867468870572580215051941266344321349024342
13617923330038146051456159562465667869371175010361650218132527451171070
0000005145615956246566786937117501036165021813252745100
00000053157360463666568369971877612701795242238421047000
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1941
Owner: Moxking
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 802
Owner: ronjuan18
 
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