Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,125
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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1889 3CN MS obverse 1889 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The final year of three-cent production witnessed a modest mintage, of which many may have been melted without ever leaving the mint. This denomination was officially terminated September 25, 1890, the gold dollar and three-dollar piece being rendered obsolete by the same legislation.

The typical 1889 three-cent piece is well struck, though the example illustrated has some characteristic softness in the denticles and the lowest curls of Liberty's hair. Luster ranges from semi-prooflike to frostiness of fine grain.

A repunched date variety is known affecting numerals 89, but this had drawn little interest given the overall scarcity of this date.

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Last Updated: 4/16/2019

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1889 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 100.00 115 135 165 235 240 245 290 315 340 365 365 420 550 825 1550 3750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 2150 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 269
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1889 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---11412134101833-626394427193---269
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Total---11412134101833-626394627203---272
 ---0%5%4%5%1%4%7%12%-2%10%14%17%10%7%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102139183237304320336351456519609663705793874103613032009300949351167019575
11415320125930932534138647754962767773482092811251538234236517180143050
0000003413864775496276777348209281125153823423651718000
0000003464214985796456917638479821214177326754293942500
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 793
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 793
Owner: Steve's Excellent Collections
 
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