Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
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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1887/6 3CN PF obverse 1887/6 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This variety comprises the majority of 1887 proofs and probably all of those sold as part of the minor proof sets. This is said because the complete silver proof sets of 1887 that once existed were found to have non-overdate examples.

This naked-eye overdate hints at the general carelessness the Philadelphia Mint was bringing to its manufacture and sale of proof coins during the 1880s. Perhaps it was stressed by the unusually high sales during that decade, but there survive contemporary accounts of clumsy handling and surly behavior by the mint's clerks when supplying proofs.

Gems of this date are somewhat scarce, while cameo pieces are genuinely rare.

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Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1887/6 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 230 260 310 340 425 525 650 810 1225 3150 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 585 - 910 2600 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 481
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 11/17/2020 1887/6 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1-111327127157774---408
--------------1-11----3
--------------11-31---6
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Total---------1-111329128158815---417
 ---------0%-0%0%3%7%31%38%19%1%--- 
1887/6 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------110193093--72
----------------11----2
-----------------31---4
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Total--------------1102034103--78
 --------------1%13%26%44%13%4%-- 
1887/6 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887/6 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2232883664585686977748479019369881021103910661088117314661894260443461420325404
2443143964946117227988659129539991027104810731116127016082130318476311793626674
00000079886591295399910271048107311161270160821303184763100
0000008228839249701010103310571080114413681751236737651091700
1887/6 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base345437541665811980107911731242128613511393141614501477158319492473333253991834932769
3754715827138671013111011961256130713651400142714591512170521232759402197152315534407
0000001110119612561307136514001427145915121705212327594021971500
00000011411219127113291379140814381468154718272298304547101403200
1887/6 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15120125833341852258464268671575678379882083890811521511211536251144120494
16722028336145254260365669572876578880582686198912711712261862301445821519
000000603656695728765788805826861989127117122618623000
0000006226717057427747938128328841070139119133121883500
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 1894
Owner: seitzcoins
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1511
Owner: Walt Presson
 
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