Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (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: 8/31/2015

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1887/6 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 230 260 310 340 425 525 650 810 1225 3500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 585 - 910 2600 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 479
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/17/2003 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Bullet Sale #335, 335/Lot# 485 $552.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 352 $471.50
9/10/2006 NGC PF 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1239 $1,035.00
10/29/2007 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 2442, 2442/Lot# 1067 $1,008.00
2/3/2010 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 7240 $1,092.50
6/1/2011 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3193 $2,760.00
6/1/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 196717 $479.96
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30702 $352.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887/6 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2232883664585686977748479019369881021103910661088117314661894260443461420325404
244314396494611722798865912953999102710481073111612701608213031847631179360
00000079886591295399910271048107311161270160821303184763100
0000008228839249701010103310571080114413681751236737651091700
1887/6 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base345437541665811980107911731242128613511393141614501477158319492473333253991834932769
375471582713867101311101196125613071365140014271459151217052123275940219715231550
0000001110119612561307136514001427145915121705212327594021971500
00000011411219127113291379140814381468154718272298304547101403200
1887/6 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15120125833341852258464268671575678379882083890811521511211536251144120494
1672202833614525426036566957287657888058268619891271171226186230144580
000000603656695728765788805826861989127117122618623000
0000006226717057427747938128328841070139119133121883500
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Grade: PF 64
Points: 908
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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