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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Price Guide

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: 264
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1889 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1141213381833-626394227193---264
-----------------1----1
---------------2------2
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Total---1141213381833-626394427203---267
 ---0 %5 %4 %5 %1 %3 %7 %12 %-2 %10 %15 %16 %10 %7 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1550 $242.00
6/26/2011 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3090, 3090/Lot# 1335 $241.50
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 97   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 782 $80.00
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 202185 $330.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21100 $458.25
6/4/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3275 $795.48
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7328 $564.00
3/19/2017 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131713/Lot# 27083 $182.13
8/21/2019 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131935/Lot# 27192 $174.00


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: AU 58
Points: 609
Owner: Moxking
 
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