Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,501
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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1888 3CN MS obverse 1888 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Why the mintage of this coin type rose in 1888 is a mystery, but the number made was still too small to have much impact in circulation. Indeed, the majority of survivors are Mint State or nearly so. A significant number of very high grade pieces are known, which suggests that collectors of the time set these pieces aside with knowledge that the series was to be discontinued.

Most 1888 three-cent pieces were well made, with good luster and only a touch of weakness on Liberty's lower curls.

A couple of repunched date varieties are known, but these are too minor to warrant interest.

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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1888 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.90 58.00 72.80 95.70 130 165 190 195 235 295 305 325 430 525 750 1170 2175 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 6500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 347
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1888 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1619261492229-4231862583314---347
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Total----1619261492229-4231863583914---354
 ----5%5%7%4%3%6%8%-1%6%5%18%16%11%4%--- 

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