Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,582
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 PF obverse 1888 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The popularity of coin collecting in the USA reached a peak around this time that it would not experience again until the late 1930s. Sales of the 1888 proof three-cent piece were quite high, though at least some of these were sold early in the following to dealers who purchased the remainders at face value. Hoards of this and other dates from the period existed for years, and it was the need to market such hoards that prompted the development of the first coin albums in the late 1920s.

1888 proof three-cent pieces are fairly common in all grades through the gem level, and even cameo examples exist in sufficient numbers to be collectable. A minor repunched variety is known for this date but commands no premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1888 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 210 220 225 250 262 360 400 575 650 1040 7250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 390 435 650 750 1900 -
1888 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 275 330 450 640 900 1430 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 485 - 975 2800 -
1888 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 910 1380 3750 12100 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1071
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: 10/8/2019 1888 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------21361667251365160212--894
---------------1463---14
----------------112---4
----------------1-----1
Total---------21361667252371167262--913
 ---------0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %7 %28 %41 %18 %3 %0 %-- 
1888 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2441565911---173
----------------244---10
-----------------22---4
-----------------------
Total-------------2441586517---187
 -------------1 %2 %22 %31 %35 %9 %--- 
1888 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-12---4
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-----------------------
-----------------------
Total---------------1-12---4
 ---------------25 %-25 %50 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/10/2006 NGC PF 67   Cameo Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1241 $1,208.00
10/30/2006 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 2280, 2280/Lot# 3094 $672.00
10/15/2007 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 2436, 2436/Lot# 1092 $358.40
1/6/2010 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 7492 $862.50
7/21/2013 PCGS PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 46 $525.00
6/3/2014 PCGS PF 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3646 $528.75
10/12/2014 NGC PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 216811 $275.00
6/19/2016 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131626/Lot# 27325 $399.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13918324130838948454460064267070973577986093899712131586221237691204421588
15320226333542050456261465168371774980688695710691337179427316527152250
0000005626146516837177498068869571069133717942731652700
0000005816286606967267648339129771141146120033250928500
1888 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2272923694615727037818549089459941028108411901286136316342097286047191572828142
2483173994986157298058729209611005104611191222131114531788235134798388198660
000000805872920961100510461119122213111453178823513479838800
0000008298909329771016106511541254133715431942260540991205800
1888 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94123163216278354401445477500529551586653715764941125217813122960717249
1031361802363033694154554845095365626086737318231044142822285283121540
000000415455484509536562608673731823104414282228528300
000000430466492519543574630694747882114816042675744500
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1252
Owner: ronjuan18
 
Grade: PF 61
Points: 586
Owner: souderdude
 
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